US Navy MQ-25 Stingray Unmanned Aerial Tanker

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    US Navy’s Drone Tanker Prototype Takes First Flight https://www.defenseone.com/business...otype-takes-first-flight/160041/?oref=d-river
    inside some incredible statements, considering how Boeing has been handling its 'low-cost, low-risk' KC-46

    for those who wouldn't know what I was talking about hahaha: Thursday at 5:29 PM
     
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    Intel Agency Studies MQ-25 For Surveillance Role

    Source : Aerospace Daily & Defense Report Oct 2, 2019
     
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    hadn't heard of
    National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency: NGA.mil


    what's its budget?

    LOL Annual budget Classified (at least $4.9 billion, as of 2013)[5]

    OK OK
     
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    This is a really logical move.
    Back in the cold war days, My late Uncle Bob served in USN as a intelligence guy he was posted all over the place Italy and the Philippines I recall stories from. He was both a land sailor and a Sky sailor, in the latter capacity he was a crewman on the EP3 Orion also called Ares and Ares II.
    You might recall that long lived from the Hainan island incident which was way after Uncle Bob left the navy.

    The P3 had a little carrier capable sibling in the Cold War the S3 Viking. MQ25 was brought onboard to replace the S3. Just as Boeing’s P8 was to replace the P3.
    it’s known that Boeing tried to offer the P8 Poseidon as a option to replace the E8 JSTARS the P8 AGS
    The Phantom works crew started this pod for the P8 clearly aiming to make an EP8. After the Hormuz RQ4A BAMS D shoot down it makes more sense to try and load such a capability in a VLO unmanned platform for higher risk missions than a non stealthy drone or manned platform.
    This however still leaves strike and autonomous wingmen missions lacking from carriers.

    https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zo...q-25-drone-for-maritime-surveillance-missions
     
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    MQ-25 is really great stuff for the Navy. AAR capability is a significant advantage and shouldn't be limited to recovery-tanking like with the F/A-18 or the Rafale, but en-route refueling during extended-range combat missions. USN and the Marine Nationale are the only one with this refueling aptitude so why not optimize it?

    It's also interesting that they're promoting a "scout version". ISTAR capability or what we call Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance, has always been the job of the AWACS and EAW aircrafts AFAIK.

    I wish the French Navy buys something similar!
     
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    The ambivalence of the armed services toward VLO unmanned ISR platform is rather inexplicable in my view. It is obvious that the RQ-4s of the world are only able to operate in a permissive environment. There is clearly a capability gap which in theory the RQ-170 should be stepping up but is not as evident by the RQ-4 Triton shoot down. There is no known information on the RQ-180 other than it is expected to act in some teaming manner to the LRSB-21.

    I expect to see some accelerated adoption of capabilities with the MQ-25 beyond its initial tanking contribution to ISR.
     
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