The first Australian-produced military combat-aircraft in more than 50 years is an Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that will be officially known as the MQ-28A ‘Ghost Bat’.


This article by the Australian Defence Magazine makes the following points:
  • The name ‘Ghost Bat’ was chosen because both the Australian mammal and Australia's new Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle (UAV) detect prey and hunt as a member of a team.
  • With a rapid development timetable of just three years from concept to first flight, the program leverages advancements in digital engineering, advanced manufacturing and Australian supply chain technologies.
  • Defence Minister Peter Dutton announced the name at a ceremony held at RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland.
  • While the RAAF Loyal Wingman development program name will phase out, Boeing’s product name for global customers will remain the Airpower Teaming System.


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Source: Australian Defence Magazine (ADM)