Tag: MQ-25

Here Are The Pentagon’s “Tough Choice” Cuts To Airpower As Part Of Its 2021 Budget

The Pentagon has released its latest budget request, covering the 2021 Fiscal year, which includes approximately $705 billion in planned spending. This is $13 billion less than the U.S. military asked for last year, but still relatively close in terms of overall expected funding. Given this drop in funding, senior U.S. military officials have said that they had to make tough choices, especially in the planning for various military aviation programs, which are traditionally big-ticket items in the annual defense budget.

U.S. Intelligence Agency Eyes The Navy’s MQ-25 Drone For Maritime Surveillance Missions

The U.S. National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, or NGA, wants to know if Boeing could transform the MQ-25 Stingray tanker drone that it is developing for the U.S. Navy into an unmanned maritime intelligence platform using a modular sensor pod. This highlights continued interest within the Navy, and elsewhere in the U.S. military, in utilizing the Stringray, a test article for which flew for the first time just last month, for missions beyond just aerial refueling.

Boeing’s MQ-25 Stingray Carrier-Based Tanker Drone Demonstrator Flies For The First Time

Boeing’s MQ-25 Stingray carrier-based tanker drone test asset, known as T1, has flown for the first time at MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah, Illinois. The company is developing the Stingray for the U.S. Navy and plans to continue testing T1 in the coming years as it works to deliver the first full engineering and manufacturing development prototype in 2021.