US Navy MQ-25 Stingray Unmanned Aerial Tanker


Jura

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Yesterday at 8:15 AM
Nov 30, 2017
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"Procurement of the MQ-25 Stingray, an aerial unmanned tanker currently in development, is slated to begin in 2023, the last year of the FYDP."

inside 4 minutes ago
now
General Atomics to partner with Boeing on MQ-25 Stingray
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) is to team with Boeing on its MQ-25 Stingray offering to the US Navy (USN), the company announced on 12 February.

The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer said it will collaborate with Boeing Autonomous Systems on the MQ-25 Stingray Unmanned Carrier Aviation Air System (UCAAS) competition.

"Boeing Autonomous Systems is pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with General Atomics on its MQ-25 proposal,” Boeing Autonomous Systems Vice-President and General Manager Chris Raymond was quoted as saying, adding, “We look forward to supporting GA-ASI with our aviation and autonomous experience.”

Along with Boeing, GA-ASI announced the full industrial line-up for its MQ-25 offering, which will include Pratt & Whitney (providing the PW815 engine); UTC Aerospace Systems (landing gear); L3 Technologies (communication systems); BAE Systems (software, including mission planning and cybersecurity); Rockwell Collins (navigation systems, networked communications, and a simulation framework to help de-risk the programme); and GKN Aerospace’s Fokker (landing gear technologies and arrestor hook). Further to external industrial participation, GA-ASI will leverage its own General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems and General Atomics Systems Integration units for the effort.

While GA-ASI did not disclose details of its MQ-25 offering beyond its industrial partners, it is believed to be based on a marinised version of its Avenger (Predator C) UAV, known as the Sea Avenger.

Billed as the successor to the aborted Unmanned Carrier-Launched Aerial Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) programme, the MQ-25 Stingray will instead be a ship-launched aerial refuelling platform under the USN's Carrier-Based Airborne Refueling System (CBARS) requirement. In addition to its tanking role, the MQ-25 will be equipped for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) in permissive airspace. Initial operating capability (IOC) for the selected system is slated for the mid-2020s.

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Feb 14, 2018
Today at 8:17 AM
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Here's Why General Atomics Teamed Up With Boeing For The MQ-25 Tanker Drone Tender
February 13, 2018
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General Atomics, Boeing Autonomous System Division Team for MQ-25A Bid
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The Navy’s pilotless carrier-based air tanker bidders are beginning to announce development partners.

After the Navy unveiled its fiscal year 2019 budget request that included $719 million to fund MQ-25A Stingray system development, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems announced it had inked a deal with Boeing, another of the companies submitting a Stingray bid, to work together developing GA’s MQ-25A design. Lockheed Martin is the third company to submit a bid. An award is expected in the fall.

Boeing’s own Phantom Works team is developing the company’s MQ-25A offering for the Navy. Speaking to USNI News last week, Chuck Wright, the MQ-25A program director for General Atomics, said GA was teaming with Boeing’s autonomous systems group.

“If you think of it from the big Boeing perspective, they’ve got their prime offering, and they might win, but when General Atomics wins, Boeing will win too,” Wright said.
“They’re covering their bases.”

Wright said the relationship with Boeing is not different from other partnerships General Atomics has with Pratt & Whitney, UTC Aerospace Systems, BAE Systems and L3 Technologies for their Stingray bid.

For MQ-25A, Wright said Boeing’s lengthy experience designing carrier-based aircraft and the company’s large testing facilities strengthen the General Atomics bid.

The Navy is counting on the MQ-25A pioneering the integration of piloted and unpiloted operations on carriers.
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to field the capability on its carriers to alleviate the strain on the existing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets that are burning through flight hours while serving as a refueling tanker for other aircraft attempting to land on the aircraft carrier. Up to 20 to 30 percent of Super Hornet sorties are refueling missions.

“The Department is committed to fielding this game-changing technology as rapidly as practical,” Jamie Cosgrove, a NAVAIR spokeswoman, said in a statement to USNI News.

The initial buy is for four MQ-25A. According to a November
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, NAVAIR’s program executive officer for unmanned aviation and strike weapons, the Navy is considering purchasing up to 72 MQ-25A aircraft.

Cosgrove also told USNI News the goal for achieving initial operational capability is the mid 2020s, in line with the timeline announced Monday when the program was mentioned during a fiscal year 2019 briefing by Rear Adm. Brian Luther, the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for budget and the director of fiscal management on the Chief of Naval Operations staff.

Recently, though, other Navy officials had suggested the MQ-25A could possibly be ready much earlier, within the next two years. Cosgrove told USNI the timeline had always been mid-2020s. She and other Navy spokespersons contacted by USNI did not offer an explanation as to why some officials had recently suggested an earlier timeline.

“MQ-25 is expected to provide an Initial Operational Capability to the fleet in the mid-2020s, which is an acceleration of two years from initial estimates for the program,” Cosgrove told USNI News.
 

Dizasta1

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Boeing just copied a Chinese UAV design with the connected wings!!
The wings do not appear to be connected in any way. It appears that way due to the angle from which the snap was taken. It may look as though the wings are flowing continuously when they're not. As clearly shown in the last photo.
 

Air Force Brat

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Today at 8:17 AM
nobody appears to care here so just the link:
Here's Why General Atomics Teamed Up With Boeing For The MQ-25 Tanker Drone Tender
February 13, 2018
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Here again, we're making assumptions about people caring?? I saw these pictures posted and gave my "full blown "ATTA BOY!" to Boeing and General Atomics on the Stingray, I believe I stated that this is a very significant capability for autonomous aircraft! I know for a fact that my Bro Jeff Head, and prolly BD Popeye and Kwai are also doing "hand-stands",, well that is if we could elevate our bodies on our hands we would be?? LOL
 

Air Force Brat

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Boeing just copied a Chinese UAV design with the connected wings!!
HEH!, Heh! Heh! sure they did, the only thing Boeing ever copied to my knowledge?? was that they began building the AV-8B Harrier as a follow on of the AV-8A, of the British?? LOL
 

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