Boeing Reveals Drone Wingman

Boeing will create a jet fighter companion drone for Australia’s airforce. The Boeing Airpower Teaming System will provide a disruptive advantage for allied forces’ manned/unmanned missions. Jet fighter drones will eventually provide force multiplier benefits for Air Force pilots. In 2020, the first prototype drone with fighter-like performance will be flying. It will be 38 feet long (11.7 meters) and will have a range of more than 2,000 nautical miles. It will use artificial intelligence to fly independently or in support of manned aircraft while maintaining safe distance between other aircraft.
SOURCES- Boeing, Youtube, UK Defense Update Written by Christina Wong.

19 thoughts on “Boeing Reveals Drone Wingman”

  1. Yup. It’s a great life. We had an outhouse for awhile. And when it did not rain we needed to buy water. Dad had to drive an hour each way to work, but he had a good job, and fixed the place up real nice. Horses, dirt bikes and a creek to swim in. Even the people in the neighborhood who were truly poor were happy. I would not trade it for anything.

  2. The last aboriginal Australians to make first contact with civilization might have been a group discovered in 1984. Years later, after learning to live with what they had been missing, some of them confessed to being extremely annoyed they hadn’t been told about it sooner. They were a little nostalgic about the old days, often spent running across salt flats all day and sucking lizard blood for moisture, but they had no interest in going back to that.

  3. Poverty is a very tricky thing to measure. It’s usually better to talk about absolutes such as increasing lifespan or the decline in deaths from violence and disease (which are at all time civilization lows). However, just speaking about poverty in dollar terms ignores the actual living conditions. For example is a slum dweller who depends on money to purchase their food and goods better of at $10 a day when at $1 a day and living on their own small pot of land they could at least grow their own food, make much of what they wore, collect their own water and fuel, etc. We are rapidly moving not towards a large urban middle class in the Western sense, but a large majority population of urban slum dwellers. By global standards even the poorest American is a member of the global upper class, but no one would call a resident of the Cabrini Green Projects in Chicago a member of the global upper middle class even if that’s what the data actually says.

    The reality is while living conditions in pure monetary terms is increasing, a lot of things such as resilience is declining. E.g. one of the reasons the US of the 1930s weathered such a sever economic downturn so well was that 25% of the population still lived on farms and still grew much of their own food. Try to imagine a similar downturn today and having the US population deal with 25% unemployment. The rest of the world is making the same tradeoff, only they have a lot less of a cushion.

  4. Note how this analysis applies ZERO effort into factoring in the complete collapse of the post-War Order and its effects on international trade.

    Which is already happening and will only accelerate in the coming years.

    It’s gonna really suck for poor nations who depend on exports to live their boats!

  5. People had lives before TV and the internet. There was a thing called reading books. Lots of fun. I was reading from the age of four. I remember reading old newspapers with my grandfather. His grown children would bring the papers to him from town when they visited. He read a paper then I would read it next. Sometimes he got irritated with me because I kept asking him what words meant. By the time I was five I didn’t have to.

  6. There is always something for them to do in the bush. Its called work. As for moving to the city that they do it in an effort to make their lives better. Historically, that seems to work. As for the smell of 500K people, the nose like most of the senses have the ability to re-center itself so the background smells disappears.

  7. This is the issue. You see. I am not sorry. I had a great childhood. Me, my siblings, my cousins, and the neighboring children spent a long of time playing and enjoying ourselves. When I came to America, it was like children here did not know how to play. We had to teach them. When I move to the suburbs we had to set up play dates for children to get together. How ridiculous.

  8. Yes, especially outside large urban areas. Double whammy. The rurals don’t have much to begin with and then a high birth rate. Much of the time there is really nothing for them in the bush so they end up in the slums in the cities. Triple whammy when Cholera, Ebola etc breaks out. I’ll refrain from the details of what 500k people in a slum looks and smells like.

  9. I’m sorry you had to experience it. I was referring to my experience in developing countries – abject poverty in really crappy places. There is poor, and there is destitute. No indoor plumbing or electricity, or vaccinations, or proper meals and malaria (40% in DRC,,,), or ebola etc.

  10. I grew up in rural poverty when I was a child and it ain’t as bad as you think it is. First, you don’t miss things you never had. As long as your poverty doesn’t cause you physically pain it isn’t bad. As a child you still got to play and have fun. And most places in the world doesn’t have Guinea worms, thank God.

  11. It should be noted that the population of Nigeria and the other African countries are growing faster than their formal economies are growing which would explain some of the statistics.

  12. Ivory tower talking bs. Seems you aren’t perhaps aware what real poverty is like. It really sucks. I was an aid worker in places you would never believe could exist. The myth about happy content tribes in the jungle annoys me. You know what is first on their list? Food. There is never enough. Then meds for their kids who have festering sores from Guinea worms. Then, electricity so they can actually see at night and study for school. A nice little cooker might be nice too. Mosquito nets. Something to clean water is helpful because all their water is parasitic and/or polluted, not to mention sewage treatment. “Flocks” of goats in Ethiopia – easy going?? And then you need to avoid getting shot at.

    Not exactly a prima “way of life”. Do yourself a big favor and educate yourself.

  13. There might be a bunch of comments here about GDP measures and such, but in general ever more reduced poverty is a great achievement. Obviously, it is the effect of many things like vaccines, education, etc, and not a goal in itself, but anyway. Not to be glass half full, but some places are still a real disaster – Nigeria, DRC, etc.

    Again, topics like this makes it important to not look at averages, you need to look at the distribution and outliers. Nigeria is INCREASING their poverty rate, and many, if not most, sub-Sahara African countries are heading the same way. You can count up all the usual root causes – lack of well, everything. But at the end of the day, it boils down to no political will to break out of the state-of-mind problem. Deep rooted psychological and cultural barriers. If you don’t think there is a way up, there is no way up.

  14. Measuring wealth in money only makes sense as far as the level of engagement in the economy of the target group. For example is deep Amazonian tribe poor? Is African half-nomadic tribe poor? Yes, they can’t afford to buy a jetliner, but are they poor, they have a place to roam, flocks of animals they cultivate etc? In their way of life water has much more value than money for example.

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