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General Atomics announces MQ-25 team

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GA-ASI’s MQ-25A Stingray concept. (General Atomics)

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA‑ASI) has announced its team for the US Navy’s MQ-25A Stingray unmanned air-refuelling system requirement.

Based on its Predator C Avenger UAS, GA-ASI says its MQ-25A Stingray offering is optimised for the tanking mission and exceeds all of the US Navy’s requirements, including carrier suitability.

“As the world’s premier quick reaction unmanned aircraft system manufacturer, we are committed to delivering the most effective, affordable, sustainable, and adaptable carrier-based aerial refueling system at the lowest technical and schedule risk,” David. R. Alexander, president, GA-ASI said in a February 13 statement.

“This collaboration of the best in aerospace industry will provide the U.S. Navy with a fleet ready unmanned tanker with exceptional growth, well within the Navy’s preferred timeline.”

The GA-ASI-led teaming includes Boeing Autonomous Systems, Pratt & Whitney which will integrate two of its PW815 commercial engines with the GA-ASI design, UTC Aerospace Systems, L3 Technologies, BAE Systems, Rockwell Collins, and GKN Aerospace Fokker.

With Boeing onboard with GA-ASI, it is unclear what the status is of its own MQ-25 offering which was previewed in early January in a teaser video and still images.

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