Unmanned aerial refueler for U.S. Navy to be built by Boeing

ST. LOUIS. Boeing has garnered a contract worth $805 million to build the U.S. Navy’s first operational carrier-based unmanned aircraft, the MQ-25 aerial refueler.

U.S. Navy officials say that the MQ-25 Stingray will allow for better use of combat strike fighters by extending the range of deployed aircraft including the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, Boeing EA-18G Growler, and Lockheed Martin F-35C. The unmanned MQ-25 will also be built to seamlessly integrate with a carrier’s catapult and launch-and-recovery systems.

Boeing's work on the engineering and manufacturing development to provide four aircraft will be performed in St. Louis.

Boeing’s MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueler, known as T1, is currently being tested at Boeing’s St. Louis site. T1 has completed engine runs and deck handling demonstrations designed to prove the agility and ability of the aircraft to move around within the tight confines of a carrier deck. (Photo: Eric Shindelbower, Boeing)

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