Boeing has introduced its new unmanned platform, the Boeing Airpower Teaming System.
Designed for global defence customers by Boeing Australia, it becomes the company’s largest investment in a new UAS programme outside of the Unites States.
It has been designed to complement and extend airborne missions through smart teaming with existing military aircraft.
Kristin Robertson, vice president and general manager of Boeing Autonomous Systems commented: “The Boeing Airpower Teaming System will provide a disruptive advantage for allied forces’ manned and unmanned missions.
Adding: “With its 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 new system was unveiled at the Australian International Airshow by the Australian minister for defence, Christopher Pyne MP.
Boeing went on to detail that its new product will provide multi-mission support for air control missions and has been designed for in-country customisation and growth of sovereign capabilities.
The aircraft measures 38 feet in length and is able to fly more than 2,000 nautical miles.
It also has integrated sensor packages on-board to support intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions alongside electronic warfare.
The Airpower Teaming System can use artificial intelligence to fly independently or in support of manned aircraft while maintaining safe distance between other aircraft.
Marc Allen, president at 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.”
He continued: “The Boeing Airpower Teaming System provides 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 first flight has been planned for 2020.