Boeing’s MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueler will be the U.S. Navy’s first operational carrier-based unmanned aircraft.
Boeing’s MQ-25 will be the U.S. Navy’s first unmanned aerial refueling system thanks to the recently awarded contract to Boeing worth $805 million. This engineering and manufacturing development contract is for four aircraft.
The MQ-25 aircraft is an engineering and manufacturing development-ready unmanned tanker known as T1. The MQ-25 team has completed engine runs and deck handling demonstrations with T1 to prove the agility and ability of the aircraft to move around within the tight confines of the deck space.
Boeing’s knowledge of carrier aviation will allow us to provide seamless integration with the carrier’s catapult and launch and recovery systems. According to the U.S. Navy, the MQ-25 Stingray will allow for better use of combat strike fighters by extending the range of deployed Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, Boeing EA-18G Growler, and Lockheed Martin F-35C aircraft.