Boeing flies Australian developed pilotless jet – video

Boeing has flown its Australian developed unmanned Loyal Wingman jet for the first time, releasing a video (below) of the aircraft in flight. Boeing Australia revealed the flights on social media where it said: “We successfully achieved our first autonomous teamed flights using high-performance jets as test beds and Australian-developed mission systems technology.” The post…

Universities to support autonomous vehicles push

The federal government has pledged $3 million to deepen Australian co-operative research with the United States on unmanned defence systems. Defence industry, Melissa Price announced what is seed funding to the University of Melbourne, Macquarie University, the University of NSW and Queensland University of Technology. The funding is under the AUSMURI programme, a sister programme…

Boeing accelerates Loyal Wingman aircraft development

Boeing Australia is accelerating development of the Loyal Wingman unmanned aerial vehicle the company is developing in Melbourne and Brisbane for the RAAF. The company has advanced laboratory and prototype development in preparation for first flight of prototypes next year. Boeing has fielded 15 autonomous test bed aircraft to refine autonomous control algorithms, data fusion,…