US military aviation will be replenished by drone tankers
Refueling UAVs in the air, tested a couple of years ago, another step closer the United States to create a drone refueling tanker Stingray MQ-25.
The fact is that the F / A-18E / F Super Hornet and the newest F-35 , which make up the main strike power of the deck aviation, have very modest fuel tanks, which does not reflect the flight range. So, for example, a veteran of the fleet A-6 Intruder (1963) is twice as high as this indicator.
To increase the capabilities of deck aviation it is proposed to use the Stingray MQ-25 as a flying drones tanker. The UAV will follow the fighters and replenish their fuel supplies at the right time.
All the necessary contracts have been signed and already in the near future it is expected to test the first prototype models. In addition to tankers, it is also planned to develop a shock version of the Stingray MQ-25.
While, as a demonstration of technology, the US Navy uses a drone X-47B Corporation Northrop Grumman.