ST. LOUIS, the USA (BulgarianMilitary.com), 31 August 2018, Editor: Galina Zdravkova, Photo credit: Eric Shindelbower, Boeing/ Boeing’s MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueller
Yesterday Boeing announced that the company has received a $805 million MQ-25 Contract from the U.S. Navy. Under the contract Boeing will build the U.S. Navy’s first operational carrier-based unmanned aircraft, the MQ-25 aerial refueller, learned BulgarianMilitary.com
Under this engineering and manufacturing development contract, Boeing will provide 4 aircraft to extend the range of deployed fighters. According to the plans of the company the agreed works will be executed in St. Louis, where the MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueller, known as T1, is being tested at the moment.
Carrier aircraft have been provided to the U.S. Navy by Boeing for more than 90 years.
The president and CEO of Boeing Defence, Space & Security Leanne Caret commented, “As a company, we made an investment in both our team and in an unmanned aircraft system that meets the U.S. Navy’s refuelling requirements. The fact that we’re already preparing for first flight is thanks to an outstanding team who understands the Navy and their need to have this important asset on carrier decks around the world.”
The MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueller is developed for the purposes of provision of refuelling capability to the U.S. Navy. According to the U.S. Navy, thanks to the MQ-25 Stingray the combat strike fighters will be better operated by extending the range of deployed Boeing EA-18G Growler, Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, and Lockheed Martin F-35C aircraft. MQ-25 will also smoothly integrate with a carrier’s catapult and launch and recovery systems.
About Boeing Defense, Space & Security
Defense, Space & Security is a global organization providing solutions for the design, production, modification, service and support of commercial derivatives, military rotorcraft, satellites, human space exploration and autonomous systems. Its portfolio includes KC-46 aerial refueling aircraft, based on the Boeing 767 commercial airplane; AH-64 Apache helicopter; the 702 family of satellites; CST-100 Starliner spacecraft; and the autonomous Echo Voyager.
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