MQ-25 Completes test flight with an aerial refueling store (ARS)
- Boeing’s MQ-25 T1 test asset for The U.S. Navy has flown for the first time with an aerial refueling store (ARS)
- Ongoing flights of the autonomous UAS will allow for further development of software components and informs the testing of the aerial refueling hardware that the MQ-25 will use operationally
- The flight was conducted by Boeing test pilots operating from a ground control station at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, Ill.
- The aerial refueling store used in the successful 2.5-hour flight, is the same ARS currently in use by F/A-18s for air-to-air refueling – the Cobham ARS. This initial test flight was designed to test the fixed wing UAVs aerodynamics with the ARS mounted under the wing
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