“Ghost Bat” leaves factory, Boeing loyal wingman program enters mass production test stage

The AI ​​loyal wingman program developed by Boeing recently held a naming ceremony at the Queensland factory in Australia, officially numbered MQ-28A, and named after the local native species “ghost bat”. It is also the first military aircraft produced in Australia after World War II. aircraft.

The Loyal Wingman program is an AI combat unmanned aerial vehicle (UCAV) funded by Australia and developed in cooperation with Boeing. The fuselage is 11.6 meters long and has a maximum range of 3,700 kilometers. The /A-18 two-seat model is used for attack. After receiving the command from the captain, the AI ​​system in the aircraft can control the flight route and combat mode by itself.

Boeing’s Loyalty Wingman program, which took just over three years from the concept development stage to the naming ceremony, progressed fairly quickly, and the ceremony at the Amberly Royal Air Force Base in Queensland was based on local natives. Species, the Australian false vampire bat (Macroderma) nicknamed “Ghost Bat” named MQ-28A.

The factory naming ceremony of the ghost bat, in addition to representing Australia’s first development and assembly of military aircraft since World War II, also means that the MQ-28A has officially left the experimental stage and entered mass production testing, one step closer to official service and entering the international market.

“The choice of the name ghost bat not only represents the significance of Australian production, but also because this bat has always been known for collective reconnaissance and hunting, which fully reflects the type of MQ-28A missions in the future.” Boeing Australia program director Glen Ferguson said, after The team will continue to enhance the MQ-28A’s radar, detection systems and AI mission capabilities to meet the needs of the Australian Air Force.

MQ-28A has more than 35 local third-party manufacturers in Australia. It is an important revitalization plan for the local aerospace industry. It also represents that the Australian government will play a more active role than ever under the US Indo-Pacific strategy.

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