Loyal Wingman makes maiden flight

The first of three prototype Boeing Defence Australia/ Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airpower Teaming System Loyal Wingman uncrewed aircraft, PRV- 001, during its maiden flight on February 27 from RAAF Base Woomera, South Australia 
Commonwealth of Australia/Cpl Craig Barrett

BOEING DEFENCE Australia and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) have successfully completed the first test flight of the Airpower Teaming System (ATS) Loyal Wingman uncrewed aircraft. The prototype, PRV-001, took to the air for its maiden flight on February 27. The sortie was carried out under the supervision of a Boeing test pilot monitoring the aircraft from a ground control station at the RAAF’s remote Woomera Range Complex in South Australia.

Following a series of taxi tests validating ground handling, navigation and control, plus pilot interface, the aircraft completed a successful take-off under its own power before flying a pre-determined route at different speeds and altitudes to verify flight functionality and demonstrate the performance of the ATS design.

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