“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.

U.S. military plane crashes in northern Norway, 4 dead

A US military plane with four people on board has crashed in northern Norway, Norway’s Joint Rescue Coordination Centres said today.

Reuters reported that the Joint Rescue Coordination Center said the V-22 Osprey, a U.S. Marine Corps aircraft, was reported as part of NATO’s ColdResponse exercise. Lost contact at 18:26 CET.

The military aircraft was participating in a training exercise and was due to land at 18:00 CET. The weather in this area is unfavorable and the condition is deteriorating. “The plane hit land,” a spokesman for the Joint Rescue Coordination Center said. He said it was unclear what was on board.

The F-35 once greeted the J-20 in the East China Sea, the US Air Force general confirmed

When the Air Force Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command recently participated in a think tank activity, he said that his F-35 had close contact with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s J-20 and Air Police-500 early warning aircraft during patrols in the East China Sea, but he was still not sure if the J-20 was in China. What is the main role played by the Air Force.

Indo-Pacific Command Air Force Commander General Kenneth Wilsbach recently participated in a meeting of the Mitchell Institute of Aerospace Studies (Mitchell Institute of Aerospace Studies) under the American Air Force Association (AFA), and confirmed that the US F-35 and the People’s Liberation Army J-20 ( J-20) and Air Police-500 (KJ-500) in the East China Sea.

Admiral Verbach did not respond to the host’s question about the date of the incident, or whether it happened more than once, but said that the encounter impressed the US military with the command and coordination of the J-20 and KJ-500.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a fight, because the two planes were just close to each other and observed each other for a while, but they really flew well.” Werbach pointed out that the US Air Force has a very good role for the KJ-500 in the People’s Liberation Army. Interested, still studying the operation mode of this early warning aircraft.

“KJ-500 is their latest airborne early warning platform. Many long-range missiles, such as the PL-15 (PL-15) long-range missile, must rely on it for guidance.” Werbach said how to interfere with the PLA’s long-range missile hunting chain (Kill chain) is his latest interest.

As for the J-20, Verbach also said that the U.S. military is still not sure whether the latest fighter jet of the PLA will serve as a multi-mission platform like the F-35 or a full-time air superiority like the F-22, but based on the actions observed by the U.S. military, it is still based on the air. Excellent tasks are in the majority.

Although the Russian-Ukrainian war has been going on for three weeks, for the Indo-Pacific Command, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army is still the number one imaginary enemy of the U.S. military. In addition to continuing to monitor the PLA’s actions, it has also recently responded to North Korea’s missile test launch and held large-scale exercises in the Yellow Sea to maintain the Western Pacific region. deterrent.