Boeing Introduced Its Newest Unmanned Platform Developed in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia (BulgarianMilitary.com) — Boeing has introduced today (27th February 2019) the Boeing Airpower Teaming System, which is the newest unmanned platform of the company, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
Boeing offers unmanned vehicles that operate in the sea, across the ground, in the air and beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Unmanned vehicles can be used in places and do things, which traditional vehicles cannot, or where it is unsafe for humans. In addition, they are more economical and versatile than manned vehicles.
The new platform has been developed for the needs of global defence customers by Boeing Australia and is the largest investment of the company in a new unmanned aircraft program implemented outside the United States.
Marc Allen, President, Boeing International, said, “This aircraft is a historic endeavour for Boeing. Not only is it developed outside the United States, it is also designed so that our global customers can integrate local content to meet their country-specific requirements,” and continued that the platform has, “a transformational capability in terms of defence, and our customers – led by Australia – effectively become partners on the program with the ability to grow their own sovereign capabilities to support it, including a high-tech workforce.”
The Boeing Airpower Teaming System will provide multi-mission support for air control missions through smart teaming with existing military aircraft. It will use artificial intelligence in order to fly independently or in support of manned aircraft while maintaining safe distance between other aircraft. Sensor packages will be integrated on-board in support of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions and electronic warfare.
Kristin Robertson, VP and GM of Boeing Autonomous Systems, commented that the new platform, “will provide a disruptive advantage for allied forces’ manned/unmanned missions,” and added that the Boeing Airpower Teaming System features the, “ability to reconfigure quickly and perform different types of missions in tandem with other aircraft, our newest addition to Boeing’s portfolio will truly be a force multiplier as it protects and projects air power.”
A model of the aircraft was showcased within the framework of the Australian International Airshow by the Minister for Defence of Australia, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP.
The first flight is scheduled for next year.
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