Acting Australian Defense Minister, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the Loyal Wingman program is a testament to the ingenuity of the Australian defense industry. “The Air Force and Boeing offer world-leading capabilities that will help protect and support Australia’s most valuable defense aircraft, and the pilots who fly it” said Minister Payne. ”
The Loyal Wingman has a range of over 3,700 kilometers, helping to project power forward while keeping manned capabilities out of harm’s way.
Additional investment will ensure continued support for the existing workforce and increase footprint in areas including advanced mission system software development, high-tech aircraft manufacturing and flight testing of unmanned aircraft.