Boeing's MQ-25 is ready


Boeing is bringing the future of unmanned aircraft carrier aviation to the U.S. Navy with its MQ-25. An unmanned aircraft system designed for the U.S. Navy mission, it will provide the needed robust refueling capability thereby extending the combat range of deployed Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, Boeing EA-18G Growler, and Lockheed Martin F-35C fighters.

Our aircraft is ready for the mission, the flight deck and the U.S. Navy. Boeing has been delivering carrier aircraft to the Navy for more than 90 years – we know the flight deck. Our MQ-25 brings the right combination of refueling, autonomy, and seamless carrier deck integration to deliver a solution that meets the U.S. Navy’s goals: put a low-cost unmanned aerial refueling aircraft on the flight deck as soon as possible.

Boeing’s MQ-25 is ready.

Ready for the Mission


Extending the carrier air wing reach

  • On Aug. 30, 2018, the U.S. Navy awarded Boeing an $805 million contract to build the MQ-25, the Navy’s first operational carrier-based unmanned aircraft.
  • MQ-25 is designed to provide the U.S. Navy with a much-needed refueling capability, allowing for better use of combat strike fighters by extending the range of deployed Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, Boeing EA-18G Growler, and Lockheed Martin F-35C aircraft.
  • Under the engineering and manufacturing development contract, Boeing will provide four aircraft.

    Ready for the Flight Deck


    Delivering unmatched carrier flight deck experience

    • Boeing has been delivering carrier aircraft to the U.S. Navy for more than 90 years. We know carrier operations and can provide seamless integration with existing systems.
    • Boeing’s carrier heritage stretches back to the 1930s Douglas TBD Devastator to today’s latest-generation F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.
    • We’ve applied all of that experience to our MQ-25 aircraft, bringing the best Boeing has to offer to the U.S. Navy once again.

    Ready for the Navy


    Accelerating aerial refueling capabilities

    • We are ready to execute to an aggressive schedule to deliver unmatched carrier flight deck experience.
    • We are preparing for flight testing with our MQ-25 EMD test asset that will fly in 2019.
    • This aircraft will help accelerate the MQ-25 EMD program, allowing for early learning and discovery to advance the development of major systems and software.

    Industry Team


    The MQ-25 Industry Team is all-in on delivering this vital aerial refueling capability to help the U.S. Navy extend the range of the carrier air wing. The industry team includes:

    • Aitech Defense Systems
    • BAE Systems
    • Collins Aerospace
    • Cox & Company
    • Crane Aerospace & Electronics
    • Cubic
    • Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions
    • GE
    • Harris Corporation
    • Héroux-Devtek
    • Honeywell
    • Innovative Power Solutions
    • L3 Commercial Aviation
    • Moog Aircraft Group
    • Parker Hannifin
    • Raytheon
    • Rolls-Royce
    • Triumph Group

    Feature Stories

    MQ-25 Completes First Test Flight

    MQ-25 Completes First Test Flight

    September 19, 2019 in Defense

    Boeing and the U.S. Navy successfully completed the first test flight of the MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueler.

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