American aircraft building concern Boeing has completed the installation of filling equipment to perspective deck unmanned aerial vehicle — refueling MQ-25 Stingray. As writes Defense News, now experts are engaged in checking the installed equipment and on-Board systems of the drone. Flight tests will begin in the fall of 2020.
MQ-25 got one hanging container system of “hose-cone”. Today, exactly the same are mounted on carrier-based fighter F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in cases when you need to refuel other aircraft. On the drone container was hung on the pylon under the left wing of the console.
During the first phase of flight tests of the MQ-25, which will begin this fall, experts will examine the influence of the suspended container on the aerodynamic and performance characteristics of the UAV. Later will be testing the refueling of other aircraft.
Boeing won a tender to develop a carrier-based UAV MQ-25 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.