Australia doubles orders for its homegrown stealth drone

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Boeing says the drone is the first military combat aircraft to be designed, engineered and manufactured in Australia in more than 50 years.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. F-35 jet in formation with 3 LW drones, another 3 flash into existence and formation
2. Show range of drone by showing it fly max range on map, from Sydney over NZ and back
3. Compare drone size to F-35, start sequence of drone nose module change-outs
4. End nose module change-out sequence, start F-35 pilot remote control sequence
5. Jet pilot commands drone via mission buttons, drone drops away to attack ground targets
6. Animated radio waves show comms between master and drone as it hits ground targets

VOICEOVER (in English):
The Royal Australian Air Force has signed a 115 million dollar contract to buy three more stealthy and autonomous "Loyal Wingman" drones from Boeing, raising its total order to six drones just days after the first prototype's inaugural flight.

Boeing says the drone is the first military combat aircraft to be designed, engineered and manufactured in Australia in more than 50 years.

The stealth drone is 12 meters long and has a 7.3 meter wingspan, making it around the size of a fighter jet.

It features a removable nose that can be packed with mission-specific sensors and other payloads.

The drone has a range of more than 3200 kilometers, and one of its roles would be to support stealth planes, like the F-35 fighter, with defence and surveillance tactics.

It's designed to act as a "loyal wingman" that is controlled by a parent aircraft to accomplish tasks such as scouting or absorbing enemy fire.

It can fly autonomously with manned jets, and might eventually use artificial intelligence to respond to new information on the battlefield.


SOURCES: ABC, Defense News, Aerospace Testing International
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-02/loyal-wingman-first-flight-australia-boeing/13207388
https://www.defensenews.com/air/2021/03/02/australia-makes-another-order-for-boeing-made-loyal-wingman-drones-after-a-successful-first-flight/
https://www.aerospacetestinginternational.com/videos/boeings-loyal-wingman-autonomous-teaming-drone-completes-first-test-flight.html