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Boeing MQ-25 drone completes first flight test with aerial refuelling pod

Boeing and the US Navy’s MQ-25, their latest aerial refuelling UAV, earlier this month completed its first test flight carrying an aerial refuelling pod.

The successful 2.5-hour flight with the aerial refuelling store (ARS) tested the aircraft’s aerodynamics with the pod mounted under the left-wing. The flight was carried out by Boeing test pilots from a ground control station at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport.

Ongoing flights allow for the development of software components and testing of the aerial refuelling hardware MQ-25 will use operationally. Boeing stated that the MQ-25 will soon be tested on an aircraft carrier deck.

Following its first flight last year, the model accumulated approximately 30 hours in the air before the planned modification to install the ARS.”

The Navy intends to procure more than 70 aircraft, which will take over the tanking role currently performed by F/A-18s, allowing for better use of the combat strike fighters.

Matteo Tivan

Matteo is a writer for AviationHub365, who lives in Northern Italy. Whilst he enjoys all types aviation, he mainly focuses on military news and analysis. Matteo enjoys flying RC aircraft and going to airshows to capture images of aircraft.

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