BLUFDue to its relatively rapid development and modular design, Australia’s Ghost Bat could be “a risk-reduction mechanism” for the drone component of America’s Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) system systems.
Thomas Newdick writing in the Drive, makes the following points:
- A third Ghost Bat drone prototype is due for testing later in 2022.
- Its 2,000 nautical mile range could also protect tankers and early warning aircraft.
- Skyborg will have a “common core” with ‘snap-on, snap-off noses for radars, electro-optical sensors etc.
- It may be part of a more comprehensive NGAD network where a single-person jet can manage at least five loyal wingmen.
Recent Runway Posts related to this topic:
- Defence clarifies Ghost Bat procurement plan - The Runway (airforce.gov.au)
- Australia to acquire 10 MQ-28A Ghost Bats - The Runway (airforce.gov.au)
- Loyal Wingman to be called 'Ghost Bat' - The Runway (airforce.gov.au)
References from the Web:
- AUG 2022 Kendall: Australian Ghost Bat Drone Could Pair With NGAD-Air Force Magazine
- AUG 2022 Air Force Considers Pairing MQ-28 Ghost Bat Drone With Next-Gen Fighters-Flying
- Aug 2022 US May Integrate Australia-Made Boeing MQ-28 Ghost Bat Drone Into NGAD Family To Replace F-22 Fighter Jets-The EurAsian Times
Source Information: The Drive War Zone
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