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Boeing breaks ground on new production facility for Australia’s MQ-28 Ghost Bat

Boeing has announced plans to build a production facility in Toowoomba, Queensland, to manufacture the MQ-28 Ghost Bat uncrewed combat aircraft.  

Developed by Boeing Defence Australia, the MQ-28 is designed to act as a ‘loyal wingman’, providing support and protection for military assets and pilots by engaging in various missions, including combat duties. 

The facility, expected to cover an area of 9,000 square meters (97,000 square feet), will be located at the Wellcamp Aerospace and Defence Precinct. It will be operational within the next three years.  

“Boeing Australia is investing to bring this innovative, uncrewed capability to market in the timeframe that supports our customers’ future needs,” said Amy List, Managing Director, Boeing Defence Australia. “The MQ-28 is designed to transform air combat and provide affordable mass for Australia and our allies.” 

The MQ-28 production facility will encompass aerospace manufacturing capabilities, including carbon fiber composites manufacturing, advanced robotic assembly, and final assembly and testing.  

The Ghost Bat successfully completed its maiden flight in March 2021. In February 2024, the Australian government announced an additional allocation of AUS399 million ($260 million) to the ongoing development of the Loyal Wingman drone. The current phase of the program is focused on delivering three Block 2 aircraft, equipped with new sensor and mission payloads, an integrated combat system, and autonomous functionalities. 

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