Boeing’s Australian-produced uncrewed aircraft to be named ‘MQ-28A Ghost Bat’

The newly named "MQ-28A Ghost Bat" during the second test flight series at Woomera Range Complex in South Australia ©Boeing

Boeing Australia has announced that the Australian Government and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) have selected ‘MQ-28A Ghost Bat’ as the military designator and name for the first Australian-produced military combat aircraft in over 50 years.

“The introduction of the new popular name is a rare and special moment in aviation history for our RAAF partners and industry team of over 35 Australian suppliers,” said Glen Ferguson, director Airpower Teaming System Australia and International.

“Selecting the Ghost Bat, an Australian native mammal known for teaming together in a pack to detect and hunt, reflects the unique characteristics of the aircraft’s sensors and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance abilities, and is a fitting name for this pioneering capability,” said Ferguson.

With a rapid development timetable of just three years from ideation to first flight, the development programme leverages advancements in digital engineering, advanced manufacturing and unique Australian supply chain technologies.

While the RAAF Loyal Wingman development programme name will be phased out, Boeing’s product name for global customers will remain the Airpower Teaming System.

During 2022, the programme will continue to accelerate the development and testing of the MQ-28A Ghost Bat, with a focus on sensor and missionisation capabilities to deliver on RAAF commitments. These requirements will continue to expand as Boeing moves towards the aim of delivering an operational capability for the ADF.

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