[Global Network Military Report] According to the US Defense Blog website on October 8, Boeing released a video of the second flight of its new unmanned tanker MQ-25 UAV on its Twitter page. Boeing said on Twitter, MQ-25 goes up again, this time the landing gear has been retracted! Boeing continues its rigorous flight test program for the U.S. Navys unmanned aerial refueling aircraft.
According to the report, Boeings test machine is the predecessor of the Engineering Development Model (EDM) aircraft and is used for early learning and research to achieve the goal of the US Navys accelerated procurement plan. On August 30, 2018, the US Navy awarded Boeing an MQ-25 contract of $805.3 million for engineering, manufacturing and development. Boeing will produce four EDMMQ-25 aircraft for the U.S. Navy. In September, its T1 aircraft received an experimental airworthiness certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to prove that it meets the agencys requirements for safe flight.
It is understood that the new Boeing MQ-25 UAV is designed to launch from an aircraft carrier for air refueling missions to provide air refueling capabilities for naval carrier-based fighter aircraft. It can increase the range of several fighter aircraft, such as Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, Boeing EA-18G Roar and Lockheed Martin F-35C fighter aircraft. Integrating the aircraft into the carrier-based aircraft fleet will increase the number of F/A-18 and F-35C used to combat fighter missions and expand the range of carrier-based aircraft, thereby improving its performance, efficiency and safety.
The UAVs development goal is to deliver a total of 15,000 pounds (6,800 kilograms) of fuel to four to six aircraft within 500 nautical miles (930 kilometers). According to the companys website, MQ-25 combines refueling, autonomy and seamless aircraft carrier deck integration perfectly, providing a solution to meet the U.S. Navys goals: putting low-cost unmanned aerial refueling aircraft into the cockpit as soon as possible.
Source: Global Network Responsible Editor: Li Zaixing_NBJS9026