The Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) LOYAL WINGMAN programme recently achieved to significant milestones, Boeing Australia announced on 9 April.

The ‘weight on wheels’ and ‘aircraft power on’ development milestones for the aircraft’s Advanced Development Programme come just weeks after completion of the first fuselage, allowing for rapid progress on systems installation and functional and integration testing from the aircraft’s own landing gear.

We’re continuing at pace toward our goal of flying later this year, so that we can show our customer and the world what unmanned capability like this can do,” said Dr Shane Arnott, Program Director of the Boeing Airpower Teaming System. “The strong contributions from our industry team are powering our progress.”

LOYAL WINGMAN is anticipated to fly later this year. (Photo: Boeing)

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