Meet Boeing’s concept of MQ-25 Stingray: An Unmanned Carrier-Based Aerial-Refueling System

The United States Navy plans to procure unmanned aircraft that could refuel F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, EA-18G Growler and F-35 mid-air, effectively increasing their operating radius. MQ-25 would be the world’s first carrier-based Unmanned  Aeriel-Refueling System.

The United States Navy has expressed interest in a refuelling system that has stealth capabilities. The video released by Boeing Defense shows a sneak preview of the aircraft.

Boeing’s concept is based on Boeing X-45

The short video gives us a few new angles of the aircraft

In 2011, Northrop Grumman demonstrated Unmanned Aerial Vehicle air-to-air refuelling

The basic purpose of the test was that high altitude environment was required for refuelling of high altitude. Northrop Grumman also examined the performance and flight control responsiveness of the Aircraft.

Does the concept of unmanned Aerial-Refueling System interest you? Please let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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  • Anil chopra

    Yes. The future is uninhabited aerial systems. By 2040 USAF will have uninhabited systems for every mission including heavy lift. The future Bomber, Cargo plane and refueller will all emerge from the similar wing form and basic design. They all will be optionally manned. An important feature of these will be low-observable (Stealthy)