The U.S. Navy Will Upgrade the Aviation Mission Control Systems of MQ-25 Stingray UCAVs

WASHINGTON, (BM) – The U.S. Navy will upgrade the aviation mission control systems of MQ-25 Stingray unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs), learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

Accordign the U.S. Department of Defense statement, the U.S. company Frequentis Defense Inc has been awarded a $8,5 million contract for design, development, test, manufacture and repair of the MD-5A Unmanned Carrier Aviation Mission Control System, which will support the MQ-25 Stingray unmanned air vehicle.

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The integrated computer system will transport voice communications from carrier-based air vehicle operators to local audio switches, local radio terminals and remote radio terminals.

Work will be performed in Columbia, Maryland, and is expected to be completed in March 2021.

The Boeing MQ-25 Stingray is a planned aerial refueling drone that resulted from the Carrier-Based Aerial-Refueling System (CBARS) program, which grew out of the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) program.

Read more: Boeing Receives a $805 million MQ-25 Contract from the US Navy

Boeing’s MQ-25 design is powered by one Rolls-Royce AE 3007N turbofan engine delivering 10,000 lb (4,500 kg) of thrust; it is a variant of the engine used to power the Navy’s MQ-4C Triton. The aircraft is less stealthy than flying wing UAVs.

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