Defence

Andrei Ezergailis

Andrei EzergailisAndrei spent nearly 24 years in the Royal Australian Navy as a Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer on Submarines, before joining ASC in August 2017 to lead ASC’s Asset Management efforts.

UAVsBoeing Australia’s Loyal Wingman UAV has been on the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) radar since May 2020.

The aircraft uses artificial intelligence to extend capabilities, and it’s the first to be designed, engineered and manufactured in Australia in 50 years. The UAV was engineered using a digital twin to model its structures, systems and full lifecycle requirements and manufactured with the largest resin-infused single composite piece1.

It was recently announced that Queensland would be the final home for the production of the Loyal Wingman, with the creation of a new aerospace facility that will provide critical skills for suppliers, academia and Boeing2. This is a significant step for Queensland’s post-COVID recovery phase, with manufacturing billed as a key channel to economic upturn. The production element of the UAV will create more high-skilled jobs, opportunities for local suppliers and a strengthening tie between the state and defence.

If you’re working in asset management in the defence sector, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch via communications@amcouncil.com.au to share your asset management knowledge and journey.

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1 http://www.boeing.com.au/news/releases/2020/may/boeing-rolls-out-first-loyal-wingman-unmanned-aircraft.page?

2 https://boeing.mediaroom.com/news-releases-statements?item=130745

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