An additional $454 million will be invested in Australia’s Loyal Wingman project to accelerate the delivery of MQ-28A Ghost Bat drones to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
This article by Charbel Kadib, writing for Defence Connect, makes the following points:
- The investment boost will fund the development of an additional seven aircraft.
- The pledge to develop the additional autonomous Ghost Bat platforms would take the total size of the future fleet to 10.
- The funding boost is tipped to accelerate the delivery of the un-crewed aircraft, now scheduled to enter service with the RAAF in 2024-25.
- Approximately 70 per cent of the next-generation un-crewed aerial systems’ components are designed, engineered and manufactured in Australia, supported by Boeing Australia’s new facility at Wellcamp Airport in Toowoomba, Queensland.
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Source: Defence Connect Australia