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Boeing selects Queensland for Loyal Wingman production

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Boeing Australia will build on its existing presence in Queensland with a decision to produce the Loyal Wingman unmanned jet being developed for the RAAF in the state.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a partnership with Boeing to assemble the first military aircraft to be designed, engineered and manufactured in Australia in more than 50 years.

She said: “Supporting this project is a significant investment in the Queensland defence and manufacturing industries and will strengthen ties between Australia and the global defence market.

“The unmanned teaming aircraft is Boeing’s first military aircraft to be designed and developed outside the U.S and uses artificial intelligence to extend the capabilities of manned and unmanned platforms.”

Palaszczuk did not detail the level of support to be provided by the state government.

Boeing has 1700 staff in Queensland and supports 400 Queensland-based suppliers.

Loyal Wiungman is an unmanned system designed to fly in formation alongside more expensive and complex jets such as the F-35 joint strike fighter, providing dispersed sensor and operational capabilities.

Boeing Australia’s Brendan Nelson said the partnership to develop an advanced manufacturing capability was a significant milestone for the company.

He said: “It’s one that will build cutting-edge skills to stimulate the innovation ecosystem in Queensland.

“This includes introducing technologies such as advanced robotics; investment in universities, small-to-medium enterprises and start-up companies; as well as creating global export opportunities for Australia’s supply chain.

“This investment could unlock global defence and aerospace opportunities for Queensland to gain future workshare in other Boeing programmes.”

Picture: Boeing/Loyal Wingman

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