Boeing successfully tested its unmanned aerial follower. Testing was carried out in the roll-out format of the first flight model of the Loyal Wingman, Flightglobal writes with reference to the message of the company.
Loyal Wingman drone pilots are developed by Boeing as part of the Skyborg program. The first model of the device was presented by the concern in the spring of 2019. It has a length of 11 m and a wingspan of 11.7 m. It is planned that the aircraft will be able to fly over distances of up to 3.7 thousand km.
Now the main customers of the device are the Australian Air Force. The main goal of the production of unmanned aerial vehicles is the development of relatively cheap and reusable devices, the loss of which will not lead to serious financial costs and the death of pilots.
The drone will receive an artificial intelligence system that allows it to autonomously perform certain tasks and in combat conditions act like a manned fighter.
During the new test phase, the aircraft group will test the next flight prototype of an unmanned aerial follower at the Woomera rocket and space range in South Australia. Sample rollout was successful.