Boeing has released an image showing its response to the US Navy’s MQ-25 Stingray unmanned carrier air system (UAS) competition.
The Boeing UAS is completing engine runs before heading to the ramp for deck handling demonstrations early next year.
Don ‘BD’ Gaddis, a retired admiral who leads the refuelling system program for Boeing’s Phantom Works, said: “Boeing has been delivering carrier aircraft to the Navy for almost 90 years. Our expertise gives us confidence in our approach. We will be ready for flight testing when the engineering and manufacturing development contract is awarded.”
Through its MQ-25 competition, the US Navy is seeking unmanned refuelling capabilities that would extend the combat range of deployed Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornets, Boeing EA-18G Growlers and Lockheed Martin F-35Cs.
The MQ-25 is also required to seamlessly integrate with a carrier’s catapult and launch and recovery systems.
The US Navy issued its final request for proposals for the MQ-25 in October 2017.
Northrop Grumman withdrew from the MQ-25 contest, leaving Lockheed Martin, General Atomics and Boeing in the competition.