RUAG Australia has been selected to supply the landing gear systems for the Loyal Wingman – Advanced Development Program led by Boeing Australia for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
Announced by the Australian Government in February, the Loyal Wingman program seeks to develop a prototype aircraft that can protect and extend airpower by teaming multiple unmanned platforms with manned assets to achieve a range of missions. With the selection, RUAG Australia joins over 35 Australian companies in manufacturing the first military aircraft in Australia in more than 50 years.
“We are very proud to have achieved this success in delivering the landing gear systems,” said Terry Miles, General Manager RUAG Australia’s. “RUAG Australia’s unique Hydraulic Center of Excellence and ultra-precision manufacturing capabilities prove a significant contribution in serving the interests of Defence as well as Australian industry reliably and well into the future.”
The Boeing-led Australian industry team recently rolled out the first of three Loyal Wingman unmanned aircraft prototypes.
The work being done in Australia will also serve as the foundation for a global unmanned smart teaming system Boeing launched at the 2019 Avalon Airshow called the Boeing Airpower Teaming System (ATS). Designed and developed by Boeing Australia and powered by AI, the ATS is a modular and highly customizable aircraft with fighter-like flight capabilities.
“The Loyal Wingman is a historic development program for the Australian aerospace industry, Boeing and our entire industry team, and we’ve worked together with speed and agility to deliver this smart unmanned aircraft,” said Shane Arnott, Boeing Airpower Teaming System program director. “We’ve leveraged the skills of the local supply chain to build a Loyal Wingman that will work together with other airpower teaming assets to provide an unmatched capability for Australia and for our global customers.”
RUAG Australia is an independent supplier and life-cycle support provider of systems and components on behalf of the RAAF and other international air forces, as well as civil aviation, worldwide. The company has been a supplier to Boeing since 2001 in support of a range of Boeing programs, including F/A-18F Super Hornet, E-7A Wedgetail, CH-47 Chinook and others.
The company said in a statement that the latest contract will help create additional jobs for RUAG Australia, as well as for the wider supply chain in Australia.