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and Boeing Chooses Rolls-Royce Engine for MQ-25 Offering
Apr 5, 2018
Boeing’s MQ-25 Program Director Don “B.D.” Gaddis says its “T-1” flying prototype is as an advantage in its quest to prevail in the hunt for the fixed-price contract to develop and produce four aircraft. Boeing’s two competitors,
Boeing will use the
The creation of a prototype gives Boeing a head start relative to its rivals, Gaddis said. To build it, the company drew on a design from October 2012, when the Navy was pursuing an
“What makes it unique is that it’s built,” Gaddis said. “We have already demonstrated a lot of the functionality with the deck handling and the software, the mission computer, the vehicle management system, the Rolls-Royce engine. We have already demonstrated a lot of this stuff. We have done almost everything short of flying the aircraft.”
Boeing has run the engine at low power and high power in different conditions. “The big one is the deck handling leading up to first flight after the [contract] award this summer,” the former Navy rear admiral said.
Other than the Cobham aerial refueling system pod, Boeing is not yet revealing other suppliers on the program.
Gaddis said Boeing’s ability to accept that risk on the program early on should help it now, given the Navy’s desire to award a contract in late summer. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson has placed the highest priority on schedule, Gaddis said. “Price is No. 2. He wants this airplane out there quickly. The [request for the proposals] and source-selection criteria reflect those priorities well.”