Air Platforms

Boeing releases image of offering for US Navy’s MQ-25 competition

20 December 2017
Boeing on 19 December released a photo of its MQ-25 offering. Derrick Maple, Jane's principal analyst for unmanned systems, said the photo reveals a forward camera mounted in the fuselage and strengthened undercarriage struts for deck operations and double nose-wheels. Source: Boeing

Boeing on 19 December released an image of its proposal for the US Navy’s (USN's) MQ-25 Stingray Unmanned Carrier Aviation Air System (UCAAS) competition.

Boeing spokesperson Deborah VanNierop on 19 December declined to comment, citing competition sensitivities. However, VanNierop said that, although Boeing’s MQ-25 offering is first and foremost an unmanned aerial refueler, it is also designed to offer intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities.

The USN is seeking unmanned refuelling capabilities that would extend the combat range of deployed Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet multirole fighter, Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft, and Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), according to a Boeing statement. The MQ-25 will also have to seamlessly integrate with a carrier’s catapult and launch recovery systems.

Boeing said its MQ-25 offering is completing engine runs before heading to the flight ramp for deck handling demonstrations early next year. The navy issued its final request for proposals (RFP) in October and proposals are due 3 January.

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