Source : Aerospace Daily & Defense Report June 17, 2019PARIS—
The announcement was made at the Paris Air Show, being held here June 17-23.
The prototype is dubbed “T1” and will complete a 200-hr. flight hour test program to reduce risk and assess the possibility of program acceleration, Leanne Caret, Boeing Defense, Space & Security president and chief executive, said here June 17.
The Navy has requested the company accelerate initial operational capability ahead of 2024 as much as possible. The MQ-25 engineering, manufacturing and development (EMD) phase aircraft is slated for first flight in roughly 18 months.
The T1 first flight will inform design decisions before the company releases the MQ-25 EMD configuration to the supply chain in early 2020. T1 will be capable of making dry and wet refueling contacts with receiver aircraft.
MQ-25 will provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability as a secondary mission. The aircraft extends carrier airwing mission effectiveness, range and mitigates strike fighter shortfall. The Pentagon is requesting $671 million in fiscal 2020 research and development funding.
Which still makes me wonder why the X-47B is still on the shelf. The X-47B was the aircraft we needed for both ISR and strike...send them in ahead of the F-35s of F-18s, let them find and accomplish the SEAD mission.MQ-25 First Flight Slated This Summer
Source : Aerospace Daily & Defense Report June 17, 2019
The first time I have seen reported that the MQ-25 will have secondary ISR capability.
because, as I've repeatedly posted,Which still makes me wonder why the X-47B is still on the shelf. ...
True Jeff, probably just the money?? Good to see you on deck Sir!Which still makes me wonder why the X-47B is still on the shelf. The X-47B was the aircraft we needed for both ISR and strike...send them in ahead of the F-35s of F-18s, let them find and accomplish the SEAD mission.
Oh well...she is still out there, and already carrier qualified in so many ways.
As t is, the keep expanding the MQ-25s role.
NAH!, having a tanker that you can fly without risking an aircrew is a smart use of UAV's, the X-47B will continue to lack defensive capabilities that come with a manned fighter bomber, it may get there, but you've got to admit the Navy is spending a "krap-load" of cash right now, they've even rolled back the F-35C schedule very significantly!There is significant resistance from the airdales for putting UAVs of any sort on the flight deck.
That's why UCLASS was neutered and made into a tanker.