The stinging ramp unmanned tanker took off in the US

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 20 September 2019 08: 35 New
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    Incidentally, a very good idea, most importantly, lay on the surface. And just now, "raised." winked
    1. Jurkovs 20 September 2019 08: 56 New
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      A good idea for those who want to fight while sitting on the couch.
      1. GELEZNII_KAPUT 20 September 2019 09: 01 New
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        Quote: Jurkovs
        A good idea for those who want to fight while sitting on the couch.

        So that's it! hi
      2. Nycomed 20 September 2019 09: 02 New
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        Here I misunderstood something? Or maybe with batons and slings to run to start? Here are the "real" wars will be! lol
    2. ultra 20 September 2019 09: 23 New
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      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 20 September 2019 08: 48 New
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    Yes, it’s unlikely that he can take a lot of fuel to refuel another plane
    1. Nycomed 20 September 2019 08: 53 New
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      So the “Hornet” runs from a hanging tank, which, as far as I can tell from the photo, is about the same in volume.
      1. Lipchanin 20 September 2019 08: 55 New
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        Did not see.... request
      2. Lexus 20 September 2019 09: 04 New
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        With KA-6 the same story happened - 4 small "cans" under the wing. And here is all the fuel inside. Secrecy + increased autonomy = "hands" of the AUG are well lengthened. ILC can also "suck", because also use the "hose-cone" scheme. Air Force with its "bar" "milk Pegasus." hi
    2. Vadim237 20 September 2019 09: 19 New
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      Cubes of 6 kerosene will definitely fit.
      1. Lipchanin 20 September 2019 09: 21 New
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        May be. But to calculate it is necessary to know at least approximately the sizes
        1. akropin 20 September 2019 11: 00 New
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          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 20 September 2019 11: 44 New
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            Well it will be very approximate.
            Length 15 Width 3 Thickness 2
            Total 90 cubes
            1. Vadim237 20 September 2019 14: 20 New
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              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 20 September 2019 16: 33 New
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            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 load like a deck carrier (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 traction. And under the payload, throwing the pilot and unnecessary entrails a maximum of half. This is an exceptionally good result, in reality, a third. So much for 3 tons of fuel left over on the spill.
            1. akropin 20 September 2019 17: 47 New
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              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 20 September 2019 09: 32 New
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        6 tons? Exact Shornet with an empty tank refill.
  3. Graz 20 September 2019 09: 03 New
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    The stinging ramp for the refueling name is not suitable, it was necessary to name Tipo
    1. Nycomed 20 September 2019 09: 09 New
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      Beautiful, by the way: manatee or dugong! good
      1. Rwmos 20 September 2019 09: 19 New
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        And most importantly, they were quickly exterminated. lol
        1. Nycomed 20 September 2019 09: 38 New
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          Not to be confused with the Steller Cow. Manatees and dugongs are currently feeling quite well.
          1. Rwmos 20 September 2019 09: 55 New
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            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 20 September 2019 10: 05 New
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              Live, and thank God! And not one and a half. But the inhabitants of "Russian America", at one time, organized such a massacre of a sea animal that those species that have survived until now, with proper protection, cannot restore their populations.
    2. vadim dok 20 September 2019 16: 34 New
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      "STINGING SKAT" was invented by the author of the article! The normal translation is SKAT, without any pitying! Any dictionary is in your hands!
  4. Mavrikiy 20 September 2019 09: 22 New
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    The stinging ramp unmanned tanker took off in the US
    It’s hard to imagine a more idiotic name for a tanker, except for “Biting ramp”, although “Wild ramp” remains free repeat
    1. Paranoid50 20 September 2019 11: 25 New
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      Quote: Mavrikiy
      Stingray remains free

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

      This literal translation sounds silly. And in English, "Stingray" sounds normal.
  5. Errr 20 September 2019 09: 33 New
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    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 20 September 2019 09: 54 New
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    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 20 September 2019 14: 22 New
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      And you can also make a heavy kamikaze drone with 5 tons of explosives on its base.
      1. Pavel57 20 September 2019 15: 27 New
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        And how will a kamikaze drone differ from a medium-range missile?
        1. Vadim237 20 September 2019 20: 50 New
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          Probably a much greater flight range and, accordingly, warhead - the rocket has a maximum ton.
  7. askort154 20 September 2019 15: 59 New
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    To me, in general, the idea of ​​“refueling” in the air seems like an empty undertaking in a real modern war. Drive through the deserts of "barmaley" who do not have air defense,
    this one. And to use them against Russia or China is utopia. Refueling will be under special control. They will be destroyed primarily on the ground or in the air. The combat mission will be disrupted unambiguously. And in the air the same. Shot down one refueling, and his "kids" will be left without fuel. Either they do not return to the base, or 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 20 September 2019 20: 52 New
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      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.