MQ-25A will be a mission tanker

The U.S. Navy has issued a new draft request for proposals for its MQ-25A Stingray unmanned aerial refueling tanker and one of its two key performance parameters (KPP) is to do mission tanking.

Graphic: Lockheed Martin

The draft, published on Jul. 19, made no mention on the unmanned platform’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.

Therefore, the four competitors – Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Boeing and General Atomics – will only have to prove that their aircraft can take-off and land back on a carrier and do mission tanking.

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