Boeing and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) have completed the first-ever high-speed taxi test of the Airpower Teasing System (ATS) unmanned aircraft, also known as Loyal Wingman.
The test took place on December 21st 2020 at RAAF Woomera Airfield, a remote test location in Australia. Boeing and RAAF personnel monitored the unmanned aerial vehicle from a ground station while it was accelerating on the runway.
The test, as Boeing states, is “in preparation for the first flight in 2021”. Loyal Wingman has already undergone low and medium-speed taxi tests after its official roll-out on May 5th.
— Royal Australian Air Force (@AusAirForce) December 20, 2020
Our test program is progressing well, and we are happy with the ground test data we have collected to date,”
“We are working with the Air Warfare Centre to complete final test verifications to prepare for flight testing in the new year.”
said Paul Ryder, Boeing Flight Test manager.