‘Ground-breaking’ unmanned combat aircraft project in Northern Ireland
More than 100 jobs will be supported by production of a new unmanned combat aircraft in Northern Ireland.
Work on the aircraft, nicknamed the “loyal wingman”, is set to begin after £30m of government investment, and Spirit AeroSystems in Belfast has been selected to lead Team Mosquito in the next phase of the project.
The aircraft will be designed to fly at high speed alongside fighter jets, the Ministry of Defence said.
It will be armed with missiles, surveillance and electronic warfare technology.
It will be the UK’s first uncrewed platform able to target and shoot down enemy aircraft and survive against surface-to-air missiles.
Team Mosquito will aim to produce a full-scale vehicle flight-test programme by 2023.