Boeing carries out engine run of MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueler
December 20, 2017: For the first time, Boeing is showcasing prototype of MQ-25%u2014its unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that is best suited for refueling US Navy jets operating from aircraft carriers.
According to reports, Boeing's MQ-25 unmanned aircraft system is undergoing engine runs before heading to the flight ramp for deck handling demonstrations next year.
Through its MQ-25 competition, the US Navy is seeking unmanned refueling capabilities that would extend the combat range of deployed Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, Boeing EA-18G Growler, and Lockheed Martin F-35C fighters. The MQ-25 also needs to seamlessly integrate with a carrier's catapult and launch and recovery systems.
'Boeing has been delivering carrier aircraft to the US Navy for almost 90 years,' said Don %u2018BD' Gaddis, a retired admiral of the US Navy who leads the refueling system program for Boeing's Phantom Works technology organisation.
'Our expertise gives us the confidence in our approach. We will be ready for flight testing once the engineering and manufacturing development contract is awarded,' said Gaddis