Boeing has recently unveiled its new unmanned drone that has been developed for the US Navy, called the MQ-25. The MQ-25 will be offering the capabilities of aerial refueling which will extend the combat range of the deployed Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, Boeing EA-18G Growler, and Lockheed Martin F-35C fighters. Boeing claims that the MQ-25 is a sharp combination of ‘refueling, autonomy, and seamless carrier deck integration.’ The MQ-25 was designed to overcome the needs of the Navy who were interested in putting a low-cost unmanned aerial refueling aircraft on the flight deck as soon as possible.
Boeing says that the next step for the drone will be its integration with an EMD-ready unmanned tanker. They claim that they are waiting for the contract award and will be ready to take flight as soon as they get it. The unmanned aircraft has a low profile – sharp wing design. The details of how much fuel the plane can carry or how it integrates with the deployed fighters are not released yet. Boeing has been collaborating with the Navy for a very long time now and has been supplying them parts and planes for more than 90 years.