Boeing suspended development of additional functionality for the drone MQ-25A

American aircraft building concern Boeing has suspended development of additional features to perspective deck unmanned aerial vehicle — tanker MQ-25A Stingray. As writes Flightglobal, the group decided to focus on the development of the main functions of the machine — the flight deck of the aircraft carrier and air refueling to meet designated military time. The US Navy plans to take new devices into service in 2024.

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.

It was originally planned that the MQ-25A, although it will mainly be used as a “flying tanker”will be able to perform a number of other tasks, including intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance, as well as relay signals. Now Boeing has announced that additional functions for perspective camera will be created after its adoption and installed as fleet modernization. This decision was supported by the U.S. Navy.

The first flight of the MQ-25A made in September last year. 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.

In the spring of current year it became knownthat then enterprises of the military-industrial complex has begun to develop a small-size radar for future UAVs. In particular, the company “Fazotron-NIIR” in cooperation with Moscow aviation Institute developed a sample of radar weighing about 50 pounds. This station is already undergoing flight tests. The results of the first inspections conducted on multipurpose aircraft An-2, experts have determined that small-sized radar capable of forming a high definition image.

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