As The Military Zone
reports for the first time that Boeing will present unprotected unmanned aerial vehicle or UCAV for the Australian Air Force at this year's Avalon Aviation Show in Australia. The unmanned airliner appears to be an invisible hitherto clean sheet design and can function as a "loose wing" with pilots, such as the Australian F-35 Joint Strike Fighters.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) first received details of the new unmanned airplane on February 26, 2019. The day earlier, Boeing annoyed the official unveiling of the unmanned aircraft still scheduled to arrive in February. 27, 2019.
The unmanned aircraft in the picture has a dual "taeleron" configuration similar to the black widow YF-23, as well as wings located centrally on both sides of the fuselage. The wings are similar to those of General Atomics Predator-C / Avenger and rather a set of mysterious Scaled Composites test aircraft. It also appears to have trazoidal air inlets on both sides of the fuselage, probably feeding a reactive engine located at the rear to minimize the infrared signature. The planetary form of the unmanned aircraft differs from the MQ-25 Stingray Drone tanker for the US Navy and seems totally unrelated to the earlier Phantom Ray wing design.
Beyond the picture seen at the beginning of this story and below, ABC received some additional details about the capabilities of the unmanned aircraft. The report states that UCAV can be nearly 40 feet in length and have a modular payload bearing capable of accepting sensors, e-war and artillery shell systems.
Boeing has been developing unmanned airplanes locally in Brisbane, Australia. part of the Loyal Wingman Classified Program for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the Australian Ministry of Defense (DOD). Australian Defense Secretary Christopher Pine will be the one to officially unveil the unmanned tomorrow, according to ABC.
RAAF Vice Marshal Deputy Chief Gavin Turnbull mentioned this project in an interview published by the Australian Institute for Strategic Policy on February 27, 201
"As for money laundering, this is the way we can achieve the greatest effect in making our people successful in any fighting environment they have to enter," Turnbull explained. "We must be able to provide a level of deterrence, which means that if you touch us and we have to eat it will hurt."
"So, in the future, you have to think about what a mixed force looks like between pilots and unmanned combat units," he continued, "and there will always be synergy in mixing them in some way." Tyler Rogoway touched upon these potential benefits from Australia, acquiring UCAV's ability in the yesterday article,
An unmanned military air car capable of some semi-autonomous missions and capable of acting as a loyal wing, where it is related to and uses directions from the nearby pilot on a data link platform makes sense for Australia as it would increase their airborne capabilities without having to buy additional expensive fighters or train new crews and will make all their fighters more surviving and will be able to adapt to hostile threats on the fly, and will increase the capacity of the fighter magazine, the variety of sensors, the drones themselves can also be joined in a swarm by giving them more power than the sum of their parts.
These concepts may appear in separate planes or potentially mixed together in one shell, albeit with some compromises. Yet, they must be cheaper than a very restrained, high-quality UCAV with a flying wing that is built for semi-autonomous or even autonomous operations deep within the enemy's territory.
possible, but due to the cost and investment that Australia has already made in their growing fleet of the F-35, this seems dubious at this point. Also, high kinetic performance will mean sacrifice of cunning and scope, something that really does not make much sense. And by Boeing's features, it is shown that this aircraft is designed for fighter speed and maneuverability, not for extreme tricks and long distances.
Boeing is the first to openly prove the uncanny potential of UCAVs almost two decades ago, but has been struggling to make his vision operational. With that in mind, tomorrow's announcement will be a huge coup for Chicago's plan maker and will hardly reveal new opportunities. Moreover, given that Boeing also won the Navy MQ-25 contract, the company is now firmly on the brink of advancing unmanned aircraft.
We will continue to update this story when more information is available.
It seems that someone has received a peak in a Boeing tent in Avalon. There is something that looks like a mock. Prototype is possible due to poor image quality, but is doubtful. Still, it gives us a sense of scale.
Now Boeing publishes this video showing CGI on the plane in machine mode mode with Aussie Growler and E-7 Wedgetail. Oh, and his name is officially Boeing Airpower Teaming System:
Closer picture on the moat:
UPDATE: 15:47 PST- ] Some basic facts about the Airing Power Teaming System:
- It is built in Australia and is destined for export around the world. Exporting will be easier without having to go through an FMS process in the US.
- The development of the system is roughly divided by 60/40 between the Australian Defense Ministry and Boeing, with Boeing taking over most of the deal, spending about $ 62 million on the program.
- The prototype is being built now
- Can fly with or without a pilot's partner.
- It has a range of approximately 2000 miles.
- It is 38 feet long and uses a bizjet engine.
- Will team with E-7, EA-18G, F / A-18E / F and P-8 Poseidon.
- Modular design for "snap-in" payloads and quick reconfiguration.
- The initial configuration will be focused on a sensor / intelligence and electronic warfare. ] Controlled by a ground station, other aircraft, and having some level of autonomy that can cover the mission.
- The design was mainly based on what would be attractive to the world market, full of airguns.
- It will be tested in the vast deserts of Australia, where there is plenty of room for experimentation.
- Technology and development will be produced locally in Australia
- Boeing will be able to adapt the technology to foreign customers far easier than developing and building in the United States.
You can read more here at The Embargo Week of Aviation . I will shortly analyze the overall picture, which deals with issues that are not discussed in this report.
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