The MQ-25 “Stingray” – U.S. Navy Fuel Drone

The MQ-25 will be the U.S. Navy’s first unmanned carrier-based aircraft system and is focused on being a refueling tanker. It is designed to act as a carrier-based, in-flight refueling aircraft for the F/A-18 Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler, and F-35C Lightning II joint strike fighter.
The Navy plans the MQ-25 Stingray as an unmanned carrier aviation air system (UCAAS), which was formerly known as the Carrier-Based Aerial-Refueling System (CBARS). It’s purpose is to extend the range of carrier aircraft by providing an inflight refueling capability that isn’t dependent on land-based tankers. Boeing’s aircraft can be launched using the carrier’s catapult and land using the arrestor wire recovery system, and is designed to operate on deck with other aircraft as well as folding its wings for hangar storage.
The MQ-25 is the successor to the Navy’s Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) program that studied the potential for building an unmanned reconnaissance and strike aircraft.

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