From: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Boeing Australia, in conjunction with the Australian Department of Defence, have secretly developed a jet-powered drone. At nearly 12 metres in length, it's the size of a small fighter. It's supposedly mainly for electronic warfare/reconnaissance but it has a large internal weapons bay so expect other capabilities/variants. Also, this kind of "AI wingman" vehicle concept is becoming more popular. For example, it could provide protection for larger, more vulnerable assets or fly in formation with fighters.
Boeing says Australia has very large areas where things can be tested "on the quiet". Its long range makes it suitable for Australian conditions too. It displays the standard low observables features such as the chiselled chin, canted fins, lack of 90 degree junctions and serpentine intakes. We can assume radar absorbing materials in key places. The engine is unknown but I'd be unsurprised if they went with a single Super Hornet donk, partly for commonality. Development must be quite advanced because they unveiled a mock-up on Wednesday and they're planning on building the first one next year. Apparently, the Australian government is keen to export them.
< Message edited by Neilster -- 3/2/2019 2:53:33 AM >