December 19, 2017
Revealed and ready! #BoeingMQ25 #UAS future @USNavy tanker will extend the range of combat aircraft from the flight deck to the fight!
RELEASE: https://t.co/tkDt0R84zB #MQ25 #PhantomWorks pic.twitter.com/gSgS8xmIRR
— Boeing Defense (@BoeingDefense) December 19, 2017
Wait wait wait.
I thought we were getting a gigantic drone – like the toy ones, only bigger?
After piquing our interest with a cryptic post on Twitter, Boeing has given us the very first look at its prototype for the US Navy’s MQ-25 Stingray unmanned tanker initiative. The Chicago-headquartered firm is now the second entrant in that competition, the other being General Atomics, to offer a look at their full concept and the first to show off an actual working prototype.
On Dec. 19, 2017, Boeing made the full announcement about the new unmanned aircraft from Phantom Works, the company’s secretive design division that is roughly analogous Lockheed Martin’s legendary Skunk Works. The firm did not say if the drone had internal nomenclature or nickname, as had been the case with its Phantom Ray entry into the Navy’s abortive Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike program, or UCLASS. Lockheed Martin is now the only remaining participant in the MQ-25 program, also known as the Carrier Based Aerial Refueling System (CBARS), to have not revealed art or images of their entry.
“Boeing has been delivering carrier aircraft to the Navy for almost 90 years,” Don Gaddis, the head of the refueling system program at Boeing’s Phantom Works, said in a press release. “Our expertise gives us confidence in our approach. We will be ready for flight testing when the engineering and manufacturing development contract is awarded.”
Boeing says the drone is functional, though it hasn’t flown. It will finish engine test runs on the ground ahead of deck handling demonstrations in early 2018. The Navy wants all of the competitors to submit their formal MQ-25 proposals by Jan. 3, 2018.
Why will no one make a large version of a toy drone?
They are obviously cheap to make, and they take off straight up. They can easily be flying cars. All you have to do is make them bigger.
Is it not time?