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Boeing takes cover off secretive MQ-25 bid

20th December 2017 - 11:22 GMT | by Richard Thomas in London


With the deadline looming for the US Navy’s MQ-25 unmanned refuelling tanker, destined to be based onboard US aircraft carriers, Boeing has further illuminated its vision for the requirement.

The MQ-25 programme has been born from the unmanned carrier strike capability, which has now been re-directed to air-to-air refuelling of embarked airwings.

Any refuelling capabilities would have to be able to accommodate and extend the effective combat range of aircraft such as the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, Boeing EA-18G Growler, and Lockheed Martin F-35C.

In a statement Don Gaddis, who heads up the refuelling systems programme for Boeing’s Phantom Works,

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Richard Thomas


Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas is the Senior Editor, Naval at Shephard Media. Richard joined the company in …

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