According to a press release from the company, the American company Boeing has tested a system for refueling aircraft in the air using a specialized Boeing MQ-25 Stingray drone on another fighter.
According to the press release, the F-35C test pilot successfully docked for refueling with the Boeing MQ-25 Stingray drone during the test flight.
“The US Navy and Boeing used the MQ-25TM T1 test complex for the first time to refuel the F-35C Lightning II fighter of the U.S. Navy, once again demonstrating the ability of the aircraft to perform its main task of refueling in the air,” according to a press release published on the company’s website.
Boeing reported in June that for the first time in the history of aviation, an American drone refueled another aircraft in the air. Then the F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter was refueled.
Boeing has signed a contract with the Pentagon for the production and supply of the first four unscrewed deck-based tanker aircraft for the needs of the U.S. Navy. The contract value is $ 805 million. The deadline for completing the order is August 2024.
The unmanned vehicle is designed for aerial refueling of F/A-18 Super Hornet carrier-based fighter-bombers and EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft manufactured by Boeing and fifth-generation F-35 fighters of the competing Lockheed Martin company.