Air forces around the world have begun to envision new roles for
uncrewed aerial vehicles, such as autonomous drones capable of
operating in support of crewed aircraft. Australia has taken the
first step, developing the Loyal Wingman/Airpower Teaming
System with Boeing Australia. Above is an artist's rendition of
four of the drones escorting an airborne early warning aircraft.
The first two decades of the 21st century saw the rise of uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) in military operations,...