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Loyal Wingman achieves ‘Weight on Wheels’ and power-on milestones

Boeing Australia’s Loyal Wingman program has achieved two more milestones on its way to first flight this year: weight on wheels, and power-on. Photo: Boeing Defence Australia

Boeing Australia has achieved two more milestones on the Royal Australian Air Force’s Loyal Wingman – Advanced Development Program: weight on wheels and aircraft power on.

These development milestones for the unmanned aircraft come just weeks after completion of the first fuselage, allowing for rapid progress on systems installation and functional and integration testing from the aircraft’s own landing gear.

“We’re continuing at pace toward our goal of flying later this year, so that we can show our customer and the world what unmanned capability like this can do,” said Dr. Shane Arnott, program director of the Boeing Airpower Teaming System. “The strong contributions from our industry team are powering our progress.”

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