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The flight tests of the UAV Loyal Wingman, called the "revolution in the field of combat aviation", have been postponed

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The American corporation Boeing has released a message about the postponement of the project to create the latest military equipment aviation.


Despite successful tests, the Australian office of the American corporation Boeing postpones the first flight of the Loyal Wingman drone to 2021. We are talking about the UAV, which is positioned by the manufacturer itself as a "revolution in the field of combat aviation."

It should be recalled that for the first time Loyal Wingman was presented at the Boeing Australia site in early May this year.

The so-called high-speed jogging of the UAV, which was recently reported by Voennoye Obozreniye, was also recognized as successful. However, the corporation now says that the production of these aircraft "for a variety of reasons" will be postponed. The first flight tests will also be transferred.

According to Boeing Australia, "it is necessary to complete all checks and analyze the data obtained from the tests on the exchange of signals with the ground control station." This exchange was carried out in a mode when the drone was on the ground.

Earlier it was reported that this UAV will take off for the first time in December this year. Experts in this regard suggest that the tests could, in fact, pass and not as successfully as originally stated by the employees of the corporation.

For reference: The Loyal Wingman is about 11 meters long and about 12 meters wide. It is powered by a jet engine and is modular. The UAV is capable of carrying various types of loads, including air-to-ground missiles. At the same time, it is planned to use not the missiles that are already in service, but those that will be specially produced specifically for this aircraft.

It is also planned to use it as an unmanned jamming device.

Ground test video:

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  1. Pessimist22
    Pessimist22 22 December 2020 11: 28
    -1
    Invisible too?
    1. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 22 December 2020 12: 24
      +7
      Yes. Look at the shape. All stealth standards are met.
      There will be no others in the new types of aircraft.
      Stealth is the modern standard in combat aviation.
      Only special super-high-speed, at speeds 3-5 MAX
      will differ in shape.
      1. Pessimist22
        Pessimist22 22 December 2020 12: 52
        +10
        So the radars do not stand still and scan in several frequency ranges, so stealth technology is not a panacea for modern radars.
        1. voyaka uh
          voyaka uh 22 December 2020 14: 39
          +2
          So stealth does not stand still. wink
          In a year or two, dynamic stealth will appear.
          The system of sensors and lenses will be able to directly in flight
          adjust the aircraft to the received radiation.
          Microchips will be mixed into the stealth coating, and not just
          all sorts of metal cubes and rhombuses.
          And the computer will calculate on the fly how to effectively absorb radio waves.
          No return of radio waves - no aircraft for air defense.
          1. Kuroneko
            Kuroneko 22 December 2020 15: 35
            +4
            Quote: voyaka uh
            So stealth does not stand still.

            Let's go. I already kind of gave you a link to a successful test of ROFAR in Russia.
            But about the principles of work. What your advanced stealth can do against photon radars - share your thoughts.
            https://naukatehnika.com/fotonnye-radary-fotonika-stels-texnologii.html
            1. voyaka uh
              voyaka uh 22 December 2020 15: 42
              +1
              "What can your advanced stealth do against photon radars" ///
              -----
              I explained to you: to absorb them, turning them into heat. The shorter the waves
              the better they are absorbed by the stealth coating.
              1. Kuroneko
                Kuroneko 22 December 2020 15: 53
                +1
                How are you going to absorb photons? Do you have a portable black hole?
                The target is illuminated by a stream of specially polarized light, and the photons reflected from the target are used to compose an image of the target. But the enemy can intercept the photons, change them and send back those photons, which distort the target's shape and location for radar. Such a process will lead to a change in the quantum properties of photons, in particular, their polarization. Having determined the polarization of reflected photons, it is possible not only to register the very fact of outside interference, but also to completely get rid of it by “throwing out” photons with incorrect polarization.

                1. voyaka uh
                  voyaka uh 22 December 2020 16: 46
                  -4
                  "Such a process will lead to a change in the quantum properties of photons, in particular, their polarization. Having determined the polarization ..." ////
                  ----
                  Ah, quantum properties? Good luck ... fellow laughing
          2. Nod
            Nod 28 December 2020 15: 39
            0
            a little not so - the head of the NASA noise suppression program contacted me several years ago and I advised her 2 methods that they have successfully tested and are now building a silent supersonic aircraft ... And jamming radio waves is even easier - every old aircraft has an irradiation sensor and Radar - it's just a matter of writing the appropriate programs and any aircraft will become completely invisible to the radar ... Expensive STEALS that cannot fly at all can be sent to a landfill ...
      2. Kuroneko
        Kuroneko 22 December 2020 14: 07
        +2
        Quote: voyaka uh
        Stealth is the modern standard in combat aviation.

        For how long?
        https://regnum.ru/news/it/3049036.html
        1. Vitaly Pogrebnyak
          Vitaly Pogrebnyak 22 December 2020 21: 46
          +1
          Don't make me laugh with the "photon radar" it's cheating. It does not exist, a photon is a particle of light, you know what fits the definition of "photon radar" - a camera with a flashlight. So congratulations on your "photon radar" phone.
          1. Kuroneko
            Kuroneko 23 December 2020 17: 39
            -1
            Quote: Vitaly Pogrebnyak
            it's cheating

            And "UTB" is illiteracy.
            Quote: Vitaly Pogrebnyak
            photon is a particle of light

            What the hell am I reading? Did you have a grade in physics at school?
  2. Cananecat
    Cananecat 22 December 2020 11: 37
    +6
    At the same time, it is planned to use not the missiles that are already in service, but those that will be specially produced for this particular aircraft.

    Never surprised ...
    - Unification?
    - Ay dot know ....)))
  3. dauria
    dauria 22 December 2020 11: 55
    +2
    For reference: Loyal Wingman is about 11 m long and about 12 m wide.


    Confused nothing? In the video, the length is greater than the wingspan. The Valkyrie's upper air intake can add a problem at high angles.
    And the phrase about "personal weapons" would be double-checked. An obvious nonsense. The dimensions are quite suitable for carrying "serial" rockets and bombs.
    1. OgnennyiKotik
      OgnennyiKotik 22 December 2020 12: 21
      -1
      This is news and yesterday's incompetent. Contain a lot of false information.
      The dimensions of this UAV are 11,7 meters long, wingspan is 7,32 meters. Naturally, no one will develop missiles and bombs specially for them. But size reduction is a general trend.
      1. spirit
        spirit 22 December 2020 13: 11
        +1
        Why? For the bayraktar, there is a special mam developed for them, although this is a converted ammunition, but nevertheless they fitted it under the drone, here they can also hi
        1. OgnennyiKotik
          OgnennyiKotik 22 December 2020 13: 24
          +1
          They are now minimizing the size of missiles and bombs in order to fit more into the compartments (and just so that the plane would take more), while maintaining the capabilities. Naturally they are ideal for UAVs. Here the question is rather wording.
    2. Ros 56
      Ros 56 22 December 2020 12: 28
      -2
      You never know what they allow, but nobody canceled the dough cutting. lol
    3. Lipchanin
      Lipchanin 22 December 2020 12: 41
      +4
      Quote: dauria
      Confused nothing?

      Yes, most likely they do not confuse, but simply drive misinformation
      1. iouris
        iouris 22 December 2020 12: 45
        -2
        When our specialists received information about the detection range of the F-14A "Tomcat" radar (something about 350 km), they also did not believe ...
        1. Lipchanin
          Lipchanin 22 December 2020 12: 51
          0
          Working for the public. The specialists will double-check everything early, and the rest will eat what they will put on their plates
  4. set of sets
    set of sets 22 December 2020 12: 45
    +13
    In the United States, the deadlines are also shifted to the right, but this does not cause bewilderment or negativity to anyone.
    But as soon as this happens with us, then the sea of ​​saliva, foam and poison is provided.
    1. Alex777
      Alex777 22 December 2020 19: 40
      -1
      Boeing, after the 737 Mach story, is not doing very well. So it shifts the dates.
      The pandemic, again, is bothering him with all his might. There are many good and different reasons. hi
  5. Guru
    Guru 22 December 2020 13: 46
    -3
    UAV Loyal Wingman, called "revolution in the field of combat aviation"
    I don't see anything revolutionary, our Hunter is also a slave, and also carries a bomb load.
    I think the article is intended for internal consumption.
    1. dauria
      dauria 22 December 2020 14: 44
      +3
      I don't see anything revolutionary, our Hunter is also a wingman, and also carries a bomb load


      They abandoned their "hunter" XB-47. And they preferred to start from scratch to support the ground forces. According to the normal scheme, the reduced most technologically advanced, designed for mass storage KAB carrier. Again we are missing something, we are one step behind. In the Falklands, Harrier threw a bomb from the pitching, not seeing the target, not substituting under the ZA and MANPADS. The bomb crossed the hill and even then captured the target, highlighted by the infantry gunner. And the pilot and the plane acted as a simple cab, delivering the cargo at the request of the infantry commander.
      With this, it seems that the idea is as follows - a cheap mass car climbs into the heat. Will come back, good. No - okay, car consumption has been calculated and taken into account.
      1. Guru
        Guru 22 December 2020 14: 52
        0
        They abandoned their "hunter" XB-47.

        The Northrop Grumman X-47B is a simple attack drone while the Loyal Wingman is designed to interface with manned combat aircraft.
        Northrop Grumman X-47B - closed due to high cost,
        But our Hunter was originally designed to interact with manned combat aircraft of the SU-57 type.
        so dauria (Alexey) -You are wrong hi

        1. dauria
          dauria 22 December 2020 15: 21
          +1
          so dauria (Alexey) -You are wrong


          Maybe . And my knowledge is outdated. I did not design and did not define the task. But I would not force our hunter to work for direct support of the ground. In this case, the wing scheme gives nothing.
          But the idea of ​​the F-35 in an unmanned version was and probably grew into the obvious "Why risk an expensive car when the tasks are generally primitive." Strike without additional reconnaissance on external target designation in the conditions of military air defense. Actually, and "leading" is not needed. Is it possible to conduct from the airfield to the LF and meet on the way back.
          We learned how to turn ordinary mines into a KAB using a module screwed in instead of a fuse with a seeker and rudders
          1. OgnennyiKotik
            OgnennyiKotik 22 December 2020 15: 41
            -4
            C-70 stillborn project. Without purpose and objectives. All that is written by attempts to pull by the ears. Realistically needed projects are being pushed back.

          2. Guru
            Guru 22 December 2020 15: 43
            -1
            But I would not force our hunter to work for direct support of the ground. In this case, the wing scheme gives nothing.

            This is the whole point. I don't see anything revolutionary, in the sense that ours have been exaggerating this concept for a long time, but Bong just drew, but for the truth I will add.
            I don’t understand how you can tie the subsonic Hunter to the supersonic SU-57. and by the way I will say
            Northrop Grumman X-47B looks like our hunter, but Loyal Wingman looks more like an airplane, and the options that Boeing will accelerate it to supersonic are quite real (the layout allows).
            1. OgnennyiKotik
              OgnennyiKotik 22 December 2020 15: 57
              0
              Quote: Guru
              I don’t understand how you can tie the subsonic Hunter to the supersonic SU-57.

              Speed ​​is not a question. Fighters mostly fly at cruising speeds of 800-950 km / h, supersonic flights are rare and exist for special missions.
              The question is maneuverability, gaining this speed, maintaining a single flight map. The flying wing circuit is simply not capable of this. This scheme exists for scouts and long-range bombers. All. All other options ended in failure.
  6. CARLSON
    CARLSON 22 December 2020 15: 22
    +1
    The main thing is that the "railgun" doesn’t start cheating on it, otherwise it will take off just like the "Zamvolt" they swam
  7. CastroRuiz
    CastroRuiz 22 December 2020 15: 33
    0
    Estetichnaya ptichka poluchilas.
  8. Gregory Charnota
    Gregory Charnota 29 December 2020 01: 18
    0
    on a cunning and not repeatable American ass, you know what can be found!
  9. Gregory Charnota
    Gregory Charnota 29 December 2020 01: 22
    0
    they also have a Boeing MQ-25, too, by the way, an interesting toy