General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) which is offering its MQ-25 Stingray to the U.S. Navy has announced it collaboration with a number of highly regarded industry partners.
The MQ-25A Stingray is optimized for the tanking mission and with it exceptional fuel give, will more than double the range of the Carrier Air Wing.
“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 refuelling system at the lowest technical and schedule risk,” said David R. Alexander, president, GA-ASI. “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.”
“Boeing Autonomous Systems is pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with General Atomics on its MQ-25 proposal,” said Vice President and General Manager Chris Raymond.
The MQ-25A is powered by Pratt & Whitney’s high-bypass PW815 commercial engine, which was intentionally designed with availability in mind.
UTC Aerospace Systems will design and build the landing gear. “Our extensive experience in landing systems design and integration, combined with decades of carrier-based application, allow us to custom design an optimized solution for MQ-25,” said Landing Systems President Jim Wharton.
L3 Technologies will design and build the communications systems for the GA-ASI Stingray.
BAE Systems is to provide a variety of software capabilities, including mission planning and cybersecurity.
A new generation of the Rockwell Collins TruNet ARC-210 networked communications airborne radio and a comprehensive simulation framework will be supplied. “We are excited to be a part of the General Atomics team as they build upon our decades of experience in communication, navigation and simulation technologies to bring this transformational platform to the Navy,” stated David Schreck, vice president and general manager, Airborne Solutions for Rockwell Collins.
The landing gear technologies for MQ-9 will be provided by GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business which also deliver on its proven carrier tail hook technologies for the MQ-25 arresting hook.
General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems, will provide up front carrier integration experience and risk reduction.