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Ground tests of the unmanned wingman Loyal Wingman began

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Ground tests of the unmanned wingman Loyal Wingman began

Developed by Boeing for the Australian Air Force, the promising unmanned wingman Loyal Wingman made the first low-speed run down the runway. As stated in the message of the concern, the device is being prepared for flight tests.


Boeing specialists, during low-speed runs, at which speed did not exceed 26 km / h, conducted an initial check of the operation of the main systems of Loyal Wingman. The unit performed a series of track maneuvers to test the brakes, engine and steering system. The concern does not provide other details of the tests.

As previously reported, the first flight of the unmanned wingman Loyal Wingman should take place before the end of this year.


According to data published in open sources, the unmanned wingman has a length of 11 meters and a wingspan of 11,7 meters. It has one jet engine. The main design feature of the UAV can be called a modular principle: depending on the nature of the task, the device will be able to take on different loads. The declared range is 3700 kilometers. The drone must accompany the fighters as a wingman, while carrying additional weapons or other systems necessary to complete the mission.

The Loyal Wingman unmanned wingman is being developed as part of the Loyal Wingman Advanced Development Program for the benefit of the Australian Air Force. Three flight prototypes will be involved in the tests. The tests themselves are being carried out at the Voomera rocket and space test site in South Australia.
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  1. times
    times 22 October 2020 15: 26
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    The drone must accompany the fighters as a wingman, while carrying additional weapons or other systems necessary to complete the mission

    A kind of "loaded trailer" for a fighter.
    1. OgnennyiKotik
      OgnennyiKotik 22 October 2020 15: 35
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      Not really. The slave will perform the main tasks. Emitter or full-fledged radar, electronic warfare, striking, false target. The main thing to exterminate remained in the shadows and entered the battle as a last resort.


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        1. OgnennyiKotik
          OgnennyiKotik 22 October 2020 15: 56
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          Ali, are you? laughing miss your comments, please write more laughing
    2. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 22 October 2020 15: 35
      +3
      Rather - a hound dog ahead of the hunter
      1. times
        times 22 October 2020 16: 12
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        Quote: voyaka uh
        Rather - a hound dog ahead of the hunter

        In principle, one does not interfere with the other. Is accepted yes
      2. ZEMCH
        ZEMCH 23 October 2020 03: 32
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        Quote: voyaka uh
        Rather - a hound dog ahead of the hunter

        It seems to me that even the Americans would not have given a more precise definition of their project wink
    3. grandfather_Kostya
      grandfather_Kostya 22 October 2020 19: 47
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      A kind of "loaded trailer" for a fighter.

      And, for simplicity, an apparently low-speed subsonic. The fighter will have to adjust to the speed of its convoy so that it does not stand out from the crowd on the radar.
  2. Alexey-74
    Alexey-74 22 October 2020 15: 40
    +1
    Will be developed to break through enemy air defense
  3. Thrifty
    Thrifty 22 October 2020 16: 40
    +2
    Editors, return Australia one letter "and" in the title, in the country name! belay Today on the site the topic of the day is drones, and everything connected with them? ?? recourse
  4. pereselenec
    pereselenec 22 October 2020 17: 48
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    I wonder if we have analogues?
    1. Dart
      Dart 22 October 2020 23: 04
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      our analog has already been flying in pairs for a year ... it is not yet known who is whose analog wassat theirs ours, most likely
      "On September 27, 2019, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported to the media about the first joint flight of the Okhotnik and the Su-57 fighter, which lasted more than 30 minutes. The unmanned aerial vehicle flew in an automated mode, the interaction between the Okhotnik and the leading aircraft was being worked out to expand the radar field fighter and target designation for the use of long-range aviation weapons without the Su-57 entering the zone of conditional anti-air defense "
  5. to bite
    to bite 22 October 2020 17: 56
    +1
    I don't understand, but who is threatening Australia in general, China? They are armed very specifically .. Or will the bunkers of the rich protect in case of a global war?
    Australia is getting pretty aggressive .. This is all strange hi
    1. The eye of the crying
      The eye of the crying 22 October 2020 18: 00
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      Quote: morder
      I don't understand, but who is threatening Australia in general, China?


      Indonesia too.
    2. OgnennyiKotik
      OgnennyiKotik 22 October 2020 18: 06
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      Quote: morder
      who threatens Australia at all, China?

      Yes, China first. Its first-largest navy in the world is annoying a lot of people in that region.
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  7. Gunther
    Gunther 22 October 2020 22: 46
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    Quote: voyaka uh
    Rather - a hound dog ahead of the hunter

    belay
    then the speed of the dog should be no less than that of the hunter
  8. Gunther
    Gunther 23 October 2020 04: 40
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    Quote: OgnennyiKotik
    Quote: morder
    who threatens Australia at all, China?

    Yes, China first. Its first-largest navy in the world is annoying a lot of people in that region.

    The declared range is 3700 kilometers, one can proceed from the combat radius.
    The question is how the unmanned aircraft will be controlled in a collision of a group, for example, with a Shenyan J-11, in the area of ​​its air defense.