Boeing Teams With Australia On New Fighter Drone – The Wall Street Journal

A model of Boeing’s new unmanned aircraft on display in Avalon, Australia, on Wednesday.

A model of Boeing’s new unmanned aircraft on display in Avalon, Australia, on Wednesday.


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has teamed up with Australia’s military to develop a combat drone almost as big as a fighter jet, intensifying a global arms race that has seen China and Russia add new stealth and uncrewed aircraft to their fleets.

The move marks another bet by Boeing on potential export sales as the Pentagon has yet to commit to this type of aircraft, though defense analysts said large, cheaper drones could disrupt sales of existing piloted combat jets.

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