US Navy Gears Up for First MQ-25 EMD Delivery and New Flight Tests

 In Sea, Air, Forces & Capabilities

The USN is looking ahead to ‘rigorous’ ground and flight tests of a first MQ-25 Stingray EMD aircraft in 2022, after sister test asset T1 successfully finished aircraft carrier deck handling activities and the historic aerial uncrewed refuelling of a crewed receiver fighter jet in 2021.

Primarily designed to extend the combat range of Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler and Lockheed Martin F-35C carrier variant aircraft for the USN, the MQ-25 programme has already covered ‘approximately 125 flight hours’ of T1 testing, according to figures from Boeing, with the asset itself since returned to MidAmerica Airport in St Louis.    …

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