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The stinging ramp unmanned tanker took off in the US

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The prototype of the first unmanned refueling vehicle, created for the needs of the Navy, made its first test flight from an airfield in Illinois. This was reported on Thursday at Boeing Corporation.




The MQ-25A Stingray T1 was in flight for two hours under the control of test pilots who were commanding from the ground station.

The aircraft did taxiing and take-off in an autonomous mode, and then flew along a predetermined route to check the basic flight functions and the process of controlling it from a ground station

- explained in the company.

Last year, Boeing won a $ 805 million contract to build the first four copies of the MQ-25A. The basis for the development of the new device was the secret prototype of the X-47, which was created as part of a project that was subsequently canceled. Northrop Grumman X-47B made its first autonomous landing aboard the USS George HW Bush (CVN-77) 19 on July 2013. The contractor changed its design to fit the tasks of refueling in the air.

The US Navy plans to purchase 72 Stingray units, allocating a total of about $ 13 billion for their purchase. This will ease the load on the F / A-18F Super Hornet fleet, which refuel other aircraft. The Pentagon intends to put the MQ-25A into operation in the 2024 year.

“Stingray” translates to “Stinging Slope”. It is noteworthy that this name was already worn by the American light tank "Stingray", developed at the beginning of the 1980's and produced for the needs of Thailand.

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  1. Nycomed
    Nycomed 20 September 2019 08: 35
    +8
    By the way, it was a very good idea, the main thing was on the surface. And only now "raised". winked
    1. Jurkovs
      Jurkovs 20 September 2019 08: 56
      -12
      A good idea for those who want to fight while sitting on the couch.
      1. GELEZNII_KAPUT
        GELEZNII_KAPUT 20 September 2019 09: 01
        +2
        Quote: Jurkovs
        A good idea for those who want to fight while sitting on the couch.

        So that's it! hi
      2. Nycomed
        Nycomed 20 September 2019 09: 02
        +9
        Here I misunderstood something? Or maybe start running with clubs and slings? Here are the "real" wars! lol
    2. ultra
      ultra 20 September 2019 09: 23
      -4
      And the idea is good, and about the price, I think, it’s wonderful at all. It’s a pity I’m not a Boeing shareholder. laughing
  2. Lipchanin
    Lipchanin 20 September 2019 08: 48
    0
    Yes, it’s unlikely that he can take a lot of fuel to refuel another plane
    1. Nycomed
      Nycomed 20 September 2019 08: 53
      +2
      So "Hornet" fills from an external tank, which, as far as I can judge from the photo, is about the same in volume.
      1. Lipchanin
        Lipchanin 20 September 2019 08: 55
        -1
        Did not see.... request
      2. Lexus
        Lexus 20 September 2019 09: 04
        +4
        With KA-6, the story was the same - 4 small "cans" under the wing. And then all the fuel is inside. Stealth + increased autonomy = AUG's "arms" extended well. ILC can also "stick", because also use a hose-cone scheme. The Air Force is milking Pegasus with its barbell. hi
    2. Vadim237
      Vadim237 20 September 2019 09: 19
      +2
      Cubes of 6 kerosene will definitely fit.
      1. Lipchanin
        Lipchanin 20 September 2019 09: 21
        0
        May be. But to calculate it is necessary to know at least approximately the sizes
        1. akropin
          akropin 20 September 2019 11: 00
          +3
          If we assume that the chevy suburban escort car, then the length is about 15 meters, and then, if not lazy, you can estimate the volume. Offhand about 10 cubic meters.
          1. Lipchanin
            Lipchanin 20 September 2019 11: 44
            0
            Well it will be very approximate.
            Length 15 Width 3 Thickness 2
            Total 90 cubes
            1. Vadim237
              Vadim237 20 September 2019 14: 20
              -1
              Do not forget that this aircraft also needs fuel, and this is a separate tank. As you calculated 90 cubic meters - the standard railway tank holds 60 cubic meters.
          2. dauria
            dauria 20 September 2019 16: 33
            0
            Offhand about 10 cubic meters.

            Do not think so. wink A wing with a span of 10-15 m, an area of ​​no more than 20 -25 sq m. With a wing loading like a deck boat (370 kg per sq m), more than 9 tons of take-off weight will not work. So, offhand, you need an engine for 4 tons of thrust. And under the payload, throwing out the pilot and the unnecessary tripe maximum half. This is an exceptionally good result, in reality it is a third. So much for you and 3 tons of fuel will remain for "spill".
            1. akropin
              akropin 20 September 2019 17: 47
              0
              I'm not good at aerodynamics. The only thing that is noticeable is that the fuselage itself is not simple (but golden winked ) but it has a form for creating lift. Therefore, only talking about the wing area is not entirely true in my opinion.
      2. garri-lin
        garri-lin 20 September 2019 09: 32
        +2
        6 tons? Exact Shornet with an empty tank refill.
  3. Graz
    Graz 20 September 2019 09: 03
    +2
    The stinging ramp for the refueling name is not suitable, it was necessary to name Tipo
    1. Nycomed
      Nycomed 20 September 2019 09: 09
      0
      Beautiful, by the way: manatee or dugong! good
      1. Rwmos
        Rwmos 20 September 2019 09: 19
        0
        And most importantly, they were quickly exterminated. lol
        1. Nycomed
          Nycomed 20 September 2019 09: 38
          0
          Not to be confused with Steller's Cow. Manatees and dugongs are doing pretty well these days.
          1. Rwmos
            Rwmos 20 September 2019 09: 55
            0
            Yeah. Endangered species. Great just feel. Do not confuse YOU. One and a half manatees hang out in the bay, they even forgot how to migrate because of the thermal power plant. Now they are heated with water
            1. Nycomed
              Nycomed 20 September 2019 10: 05
              +2
              They live, and Glory to God! And not one and a half. But the inhabitants of "Russian America", at one time, staged such a massacre for a sea animal that those species that have survived until now, with proper protection, cannot restore their populations.
    2. vadim dok
      vadim dok 20 September 2019 16: 34
      0
      "STINGING SKAT" - this was invented by the author of the article! Normal translation - SKAT, without any spare! Any dictionary in your hands!
  4. Mavrikiy
    Mavrikiy 20 September 2019 09: 22
    +2
    The stinging ramp unmanned tanker took off in the US
    It is difficult to imagine a more idiotic name for a gas station, except for "Biting Ray", although "Wild Ray" remains free. feel
    1. Paranoid50
      Paranoid50 20 September 2019 11: 25
      +3
      Quote: Mavrikiy
      stays free "Wild stingray"

      Home, it seems, is also not busy. yes laughing
    2. Letun
      Letun 20 September 2019 11: 47
      +1
      Quote: Mavrikiy
      It’s hard to imagine a more idiotic name for a tanker

      It sounds stupid literally. And in English "Stingray" sounds fine.
  5. Errr
    Errr 20 September 2019 09: 33
    +3
    At first I did not understand where he had an air intake. smile
    It turned out that from above. Very original. Obviously, the Rolls-Royce AE 3007N can work with this, providing 4,5 tons of traction.
  6. Pavel57
    Pavel57 20 September 2019 09: 54
    +1
    The idea is curious, especially for peacetime. If through satellites you can control the drone and provide a safe refueling, then it makes sense in this option refueling. Most likely it will be cheaper than specialized aircraft. So, it’s possible to saturate the tanker fleet faster with them, especially since we obviously have few of them.
    1. Vadim237
      Vadim237 20 September 2019 14: 22
      0
      And you can also make a heavy kamikaze drone with 5 tons of explosives on its base.
      1. Pavel57
        Pavel57 20 September 2019 15: 27
        0
        And how will a kamikaze drone differ from a medium-range missile?
        1. Vadim237
          Vadim237 20 September 2019 20: 50
          0
          Probably a much greater flight range and, accordingly, warhead - the rocket has a maximum ton.
  7. askort154
    askort154 20 September 2019 15: 59
    0
    To me, in general, the idea of ​​"refueling" in the air seems like an empty idea in real modern warfare. Drive through the deserts "barmaley" without air defense,
    this one. And to use them against Russia or China is a utopia. Refuellers will be under special control. They will be destroyed first of all, on the ground or in the air. The combat mission will be thwarted unambiguously. And in the air the same. Shoot down one refueller, and his "kids" will be left without fuel. Either they will not return to the base, or they will fall on the territory of the "enemy". It turns out that it is necessary to accompany the "tanker" with a squadron of fighters and hide them well from satellites on the ground.
    1. Vadim237
      Vadim237 20 September 2019 20: 52
      +1
      At a distance of 1000 kilometers from the coast over the oceans, we won’t be able to intercept them, we won’t get air defense, fighter aircraft will not fly so far.