Tuesday 24 September 2019

Boeing's aircraft refueling drone flies for the first time

Boeing's MQ-25 in action at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport
                                Boeing's MQ-25 in action at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport
“Today’s flight is an exciting and significant milestone for our program and the Navy,” said the Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Aviation Program Manager Capt. Chad Reed. “The flight of this test asset two years before our first MQ-25 arrives represents the first big step in a series of early learning opportunities that are helping us progress toward delivery of a game-changing capability for the carrier air wing and strike group commanders.”
Under the contract, Boeing will follow this prototype with the delivery of four so-called engineering development model MQ-25s two years down the track. The contract also includes an option to produce a total of 72 MQ-25s for the military at a cost of $13 billion, depending on how things pan out. For now, it will continue its testing of the T1 prototype to detect and iron out any kinks.

Check out the test flight in the video below.

Source: Boeing.

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