US Navy New MQ-25 Stingray Carrier-Based Tanker Drone Makes Maiden Flight!
The Boeing Stingray MQ-25 is a carrier-based aerial refueling drone. This project represents first big step towards delivery of a game-changing capability for the carrier air wing and strike group commanders. It resulted from the Carrier-Based Aerial-Refueling System (CBARS) program, which grew out of the earlier Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) program.
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. However, it still features a stealthy fuselage shaping, flush inlet to shield engine blades from radar and V-tail.
It will have the capacity to carry 15000 lbs of fuel and will be used to refuel Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler and F-35C Fighter Jets, extending their range and time in air significantly. It will have a range of around 500 nautical miles.
Personnel aboard the carrier will operate it using satellite and radio communications to coordinate refuelling with pilots. It requires ship-based control stations to launch and control air vehicles and transfer data while operating from the carriers.
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