Flying canister: USA showed the latest drone tanker

The American mega-corporation Lockheed Martin, known as one of the main developers of military weapons for the US Army, introduced a conceptual model of its new invention - the flying Stonray MQ-25 tanker drone.




This drone is launched from the aircraft carrier using a special catapult, it is capable of transporting up to 6,35 tons of aviation fuel, and the cruising range is 800 kilometers. This will significantly increase the flight range of American fighters. For example, a Super Hornet fighter-bomber, thanks to a refueling from the Stingray, will be able to fly 725 km instead of 1125 kilometers.



With its appearance, the MQ-25 resembles a strategic bomber, it is equipped with folding wings, and its profile meets the modern requirements of aviation stealth, although by technology stealth drone is not equipped. Now the flying tanker is completely remotely controlled, but in the future it is planned to install automation systems on it that will allow it, for example, to independently return to the base.
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  1. Dam Offline
    Dam (Vladislav) 29 March 2018 01: 00
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    I wonder how all this happiness in the conditions of electronic warfare will work?
    1. Boris Kuzichev Offline
      Boris Kuzichev (ALTARF) 29 March 2018 12: 14
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      Like a firewall for example?
    2. sgrabik Offline
      sgrabik (Sergei) 29 March 2018 12: 59
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      In the context of counteracting modern EW tools, this flying bucket will not work in any way. This is another cut of money between US military corporations.
      1. Boris Kuzichev Offline
        Boris Kuzichev (ALTARF) 29 March 2018 18: 32
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        The banana republics do not have EW funds, and this is the target audience for the weapons of the Citadel of Democracy.