Boeing's MQ-25 Prototype 'Ready to Fly'

ST. LOUIS — As the Navy considers three proposals to develop a new unmanned carrier-based tanker aircraft, Boeing is hoping that its “ready-to-fly” prototype — first built in 2014 — will give it the edge in the MQ-25 Stingray competition.

The company leveraged its own research-and-development dollars from a previous program to build an aircraft that ultimately met the requirements for the Stingray. It has already undergone numerous tests ahead of a source selection decision by the service, said Donald “BD” Gaddis, Boeing's MQ-25 program director.

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