3.4.2020

US Navy awards Boeing $84.7m for three more MQ-25As

US Navy awards Boeing $84.7m for three more MQ-25A unmanned refueling tankers – link

Source: Flight Global

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  • The three additional “demonstration test articles” bring the total number of aircraft Boeing is manufacturing in the MQ-25A program to seven. The award was an option on the original four-aircraft contract, worth $805 million, which was awarded to Boeing in August 2018
  • “This order establishes uninterrupted production of the first MQ-25 aircraft and lines up with the Navy’s MQ-25 test and training plans for fleet introduction,” says Dave Bujold, Boeing’s MQ-25 program director
  • Boeing owns the first example of the MQ-25A, called T1. The UAV first flew in September 2019 and has since accumulated 30 hrs of flight time
  • Flight testing is paused on the MQ-25A at the moment as Boeing installs an aerial refueling store under the left wing of the T1 UAV
  • The company is doing tests on its own aircraft in order to gather data faster and prepare the aircraft to move quickly towards production

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