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American carrier-based unmanned tanker MQ-25A began flight tests

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American carrier-based unmanned tanker MQ-25A began flight tests

The prototype of the MQ-25 Stingray deck-mounted unmanned aerial vehicle with the installed refueling equipment has begun flight tests. This was reported by the Boeing concern.


According to the report, the tests were carried out jointly by the specialists of the concern and representatives of the US Navy, in whose interests the drone is being created. The first flight of the MQ-25 Stingray lasted 2,5 hours, during which time the specialists of the concern studied the effect of suspended refueling equipment on the aerodynamics of the drone.

The fact that the drone-tanker MQ-25 Stingray received refueling equipment was reported at the end of July this year. Boeing installed an overhead container with a hose-cone system on a pylon under the left wing console. After that, the drone proceeded to ground tests. At the same time, the concern reported that the first flight tests would begin this fall.

At the first stage of flight tests, it was supposed to check the effect of the suspended container on the aerodynamic and maneuverable characteristics of the drone, and then conduct tests with refueling of other aircraft.

In 2018, Boeing won a $ 805 million contract to build the first four MQ-25As. On April 2, 2020, the US Navy signed an additional contract with Boeing for the supply of 3 more MQ-25A drones. All of them will be used in demonstration and evaluation tests.

The US Navy plans to purchase 72 Stingray units, allocating a total of about 13 billion dollars for their purchase. This will ease the load on the fleet F / A-18F Super Hornet, refueling other aircraft. The Pentagon intends to put into operation the first drone MQ-25A in 2024.
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http://www.boeing.com/
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  1. Reviews
    Reviews 11 December 2020 11: 28
    0
    The Yankees go ahead. And we have one more deck boat may be dropped in the future ... :(
  2. Victor_B
    Victor_B 11 December 2020 11: 34
    -6
    Drones have already replaced stealth in the magazine.
    And there are also stealth drones among zhurnalyugs. This is generally cool!
    MQ-25 Stingray deck-mounted unmanned aerial vehicle prototype
    I wonder how much fuel he can carry on board?
    Engineering thought is not asleep among the Americans.
    1. Lex_is
      Lex_is 11 December 2020 11: 43
      +3
      I wonder how much fuel he can carry on board?

      15 lb (000 kg)

      Wingspan, m 19.00
      Aircraft Length, m 12.00
      Height, m ​​3.50
      Weight, kg
      empty xnumx
      maximum takeoff 20200
      Engine type 1 turbojet engine Rolls-Royce AE3007
      Horsepower 1 x
      Maximum speed, km / h 620
      Cruising speed, km / h
      Practical range, km 4000
      Practical ceiling, m 12000

      Somehow it was stated.
      1. Reviews
        Reviews 11 December 2020 11: 47
        -5
        Quote: Lex_is
        Turbojet engine
        Power, hp

        Funny.
        1. Lex_is
          Lex_is 11 December 2020 11: 50
          -1
          Well, what is stated laughing
          I suspect that the data is simply crammed into the standard performance plate.
          1. Reviews
            Reviews 11 December 2020 11: 57
            -4
            Quote: Lex_is

            I suspect that the data is simply crammed into the standard performance plate.

            Maybe. But the glance is scratching, the complete ignorance of the shoving one.
        2. eklmn
          eklmn 11 December 2020 17: 09
          0
          MQ-25 is powered by a single Rolls-Royce AE 3007N turbofan engine delivering 10 lb (000 kg) thrust
          1. Reviews
            Reviews 11 December 2020 17: 25
            -2
            Quote: eklmn
            MQ-25 is powered by a single Rolls-Royce AE 3007N turbofan engine delivering 10 lb (000 kg) thrust

            "Bizzyumno sadirzhatelno" ... Why are you all this?
            1. eklmn
              eklmn 11 December 2020 17: 29
              0
              Not to you - mixed up ...
    2. Reviews
      Reviews 11 December 2020 11: 44
      0
      Quote: Victor_B
      how much fuel can he carry on board?

      minimum fuel load of 14,000lb and a fly-out range of 500 miles from the host ship
    3. kit88
      kit88 11 December 2020 11: 49
      +12
      Drones have already replaced stealth in the magazine.
      And there are also stealth drones among zhurnalyugs. This is generally cool!

      So these are drone magazines. They say they will soon replace conventional magazines.
      1. Reviews
        Reviews 11 December 2020 11: 53
        +1
        Quote: kit88

        So these are drone magazines. They say they will soon replace conventional magazines.

        Judging by the many articles (including "VO"), they have been replaced for a long time.
        1. vadim dok
          vadim dok 11 December 2020 15: 40
          +1
          These are the translators of these "zhurnalyugs" - they just ... are worthless!
          1. Reviews
            Reviews 11 December 2020 16: 23
            -1
            Quote: vadim dok
            These are the translators of these "zhurnalyugs" - they just ... are worthless!

            Well, Duc, translators, then who chooses? The magazines themselves choose.
  3. OgnennyiKotik
    OgnennyiKotik 11 December 2020 11: 45
    +1
    Aviation wing on AB by 2030, taking into account these UAVs.
  4. Olkhovsky
    Olkhovsky 11 December 2020 12: 03
    0
    Reading an article about new products in the Western military-industrial complex, I would like the article to provide information that we have / is being developed from a similar one.
    1. Linxs
      Linxs 11 December 2020 12: 12
      0
      It would be better if, while reading a Western article on the novelties of the Western military-industrial complex, I would like to say:
      - Oooh .. gave birth to something that we have ALREADY released 15 years ago.
    2. Olkhovsky
      Olkhovsky 11 December 2020 12: 38
      -2
      Minus from the author of the article, as I understand it?)
    3. Reviews
      Reviews 11 December 2020 16: 24
      +3
      Quote: Olkhovsky
      Reading an article about new products in the Western military-industrial complex, I would like the article to provide information that we have / is being developed from a similar one.

      And there is nothing. What are the zeros to remember?
    4. eklmn
      eklmn 11 December 2020 17: 26
      +2
      "Reading an article about new products in the Western military-industrial complex ..."
      Helping, yesterday's news:
      "New images of the sixth generation Tempest aircraft were unveiled at the UK industry collaboration event"
      https://theaviationist.com/2020/12/09/new-images-of-the-tempest-sixth-generation-aircraft-revealed-during-uk-industry-engagement-event/
      "Development of the new sixth generation Tempest fighter continues with some revolutionary concepts."
      “According to a statement from the UK Department of Defense and key industry partners,“ Tempest is one of the UK's most ambitious technology endeavors, designed to create a high-tech, adaptable combat aviation system that will enter service in the mid-2030s. This next-generation combat aircraft, which is part of the broader combat aviation system, will use new technologies as they evolve to respond to the changing nature of the battlefield, addressing increasingly high-tech and complex threats and conflicts. "
      “. Here's what has been revealed to the public so far.

      Leonardo, who is an electronics project leader, is developing a new radar technology called the Multi-Function Radar Frequency System. The new sensor is said to collect and process 10 times more data than existing systems, or "the equivalent of big city internet traffic every second," providing operators with a clear view of the battlefield and potential targets. The complete subsystems have already been built and successfully tested, the company says, ultimately paving the way for future air testing.
      BAE Systems is working on another revolutionary concept, the "wearable cockpit". In this case, the cockpit as we know it, full of switches, sensors and screens, becomes fully digital, and all physical controls are replaced by augmented and virtual reality systems. The new cockpit will be designed inside the pilot's helmet and fully customizable according to the pilot's preference and mission needs. ”

      "... gave information that we have / is being developed from a similar one."

      Similar developments in Russia or very secret, because nothing is known about them, or vice versa - it is not known about them, tk. there are simply no similar ones.
      (hands / brains are busy fine-tuning the Su-57 ...)
  5. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 11 December 2020 12: 48
    -11%
    He has only two options for landing on the deck of an aircraft carrier, a successful one! And the second option with all the foolishness about the deck of the hubs! Which one do we choose? I remember a land drone they started scribbling from a machine gun on their own until the tape ran out.
  6. Ros 56
    Ros 56 11 December 2020 13: 12
    -5
    As I understand it, while they are testing on the ground, but with landing on the deck, it will be something.
    1. OgnennyiKotik
      OgnennyiKotik 11 December 2020 13: 17
      +4
      Quote: Ros 56
      with landing on deck, it will be something.

      UAVs took off and landed on an aircraft carrier, no problem.
  7. yfast
    yfast 11 December 2020 13: 43
    -2
    Quote: OgnennyiKotik
    UAVs took off and landed on an aircraft carrier, no problem.

    Not yet. Everything always happens the first time.
    1. OgnennyiKotik
      OgnennyiKotik 11 December 2020 13: 48
      +1
      Watch the video attached. This is the X-47B.
  8. Maks1995
    Maks1995 11 December 2020 13: 56
    +2
    13 mln / 72 pcs = 180 mln.
    Something he is kind of expensive. Who knows?
    1. qaz
      qaz 11 December 2020 14: 40
      -2
      Rollbacks, where can we go without them.
    2. OgnennyiKotik
      OgnennyiKotik 11 December 2020 15: 10
      -2
      13 billion is the price of the project, i.e. for the creation, testing, training, modernization of AV, etc. The price of the planes themselves is 40% maximum.
      1. SovAr238A
        SovAr238A 11 December 2020 23: 26
        +2
        Quote: OgnennyiKotik
        13 billion is the price of the project, i.e. for the creation, testing, training, modernization of AV, etc. The price of the planes themselves is 40% maximum.

        And 20 years life cycle including all fuel, spare parts, spare engines. operator training, etc.
    3. Avior
      Avior 11 December 2020 16: 30
      +2
      the first copy is always much more expensive
      this is a general rule
      plus development cost