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Fri, 20 August 2021

Boeing Unmanned MQ-25 T1 Refuels U.S. Navy E-2D Hawkeye

The U.S. Navy and Boeing completed a second carrier-based aircraft unmanned refueling mission with the Boeing-owned MQ-25 T1 test asset earlier this week, refueling a Navy E-2D Hawkeye command and control aircraft.

During the test flight from MidAmerica St. Louis Airport on 18 August, pilots from the Navys Air Test and Evaluation Squadron VX-20 conducted a successful wake survey behind MQ-25 T1 to ensure performance and stability before making contact with T1s aerial refueling drogue.

The E-2D received fuel from T1s aerial refueling store during the flight.

Boeing MQ-25 T1 unmanned test asset refuels a Navy E-2D Hawkeye command and control aircraft. Click to enlarge.

Once operational the MQ-25 will refuel every receiver-capable platform, including E-2, said Capt. Chad Reed, the Navys Unmanned Carrier Aviation program manager. This flight keeps us on a fast track to getting the Stingray out to the fleet where its refueling capability will greatly increase the range and operational flexibility of the carrier air wing and strike group.

The MQ-25 Stingray will be assigned to the carrier airborne early warning squadron within the carrier air wing, which currently operates the E-2 C/D aircraft known as the digital quarterback of the fleet for its role in joint battle management and command and control.

It was another great flight showing that our MQ-25 design is performing to plan, said Dave Bujold, Boeings MQ-25 program director. These historic refueling flights provide an incredible amount of data we feed back into the MQ-25 digital models to ensure the aircraft were producing will be the Navys game-changer for the carrier air wing.

This is the second aerial refueling mission the MQ-25 team has conducted this summer. On 4 June, the MQ-25 T1 test asset became the first unmanned aircraft to refuel another aircraft, a U.S. Navy Super Hornet.

Boeing is currently manufacturing the first two of seven MQ-25 test aircraft and two ground test articles currently under contract.

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