Drones are continuing to push our advancement of technology further, particularly on the battlefield. Machines can be replaced, where people can not, and this is where we can utilize machines to enter areas too dangerous for men and women. And Boeing has a device that will push that concept further in hopes to protect our heroes keeping us safe above.
The Loyal Wingman will be a drone designed to fly in formation beside actual fighter jets. The aircraft is about the size of a Super Hornet (2/3rds as long to be exact), and has a range of over 2000 miles.
Boeing envision this being capable of drawing enemy fire from either enemy fighters or anti-aircraft weapons. Hoping that the drone can draw the dangerous fire away from the men and women flying combat missions. And is scheduled to begin first flight from construction as early as next year.