Began installation of fueling equipment on carrier-based drone MQ-25A

American aircraft building concern Boeing suspended flight testing of the first prototype perspective deck unmanned aerial vehicle — tanker MQ-25A Stingray and began to install gas equipment on it. As writes Flightglobal, to suspend the tests, the device had to descend a total of 30 hours.

Boeing won a tender to develop a carrier-based UAV MQ-25A in 2018. The company received a contract from the U.S. Navy for the development, manufacture and testing of four devices. Upon successful completion of this stage the group can get a contract to produce 68 units.

MQ-25 were trapezoidal in cross-section of the fuselage and wing of a normal sweep. Keeley apparatus have large tilt angles and in-flight also perform the role of a horizontal stabilizer. The engine nozzle is made flat to reduce the visibility of the UAV in the radar and infrared spectra.

The first flight of the MQ-25A made in September 2019. It is plannedthat flight tests of the device will be held over one and a half years. These checks will allow you to obtain complete information about all systems of the aircraft, including fuelling, as well as modify them.

Then Boeing will start extended testing of four experienced flight models MQ-25, the first of which should be handed over to the military already in 2021. The US Navy plans to adopt a new drone service in 2024.

The first sample MQ-25A received the designation T1; this machine belongs to Boeing and is used for advanced test systems. The developers claim that data obtained during testing of this device will speed up delivery of UAVs to the military.

2 April 2020, the U.S. Navy contracted with Boeing an additional contract for the supply of 3 more unmanned MQ-25A. They will be used in the demonstration and evaluation tests.

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