For the first time ever, a Boeing drone successfully refueled a U.S. military jet fighter in flight.
A joint refueling exercise between the U.S. Air Force and Boeing demonstrated that the Boeing MQ-25 Stingray can perform aerial refueling missions using the probe-based aerial refueling method.
The historic exercise took place June 4. The MQ-25 Stingray will eventually become the first operational drone that will not only provide the U.S. military with advanced refueling capabilities, but also reconnaissance, surveillance capabilities. According to the military, the drone will expand the global reach, operational flexibility of air groups.
It is noted that testing will continue for several months.
Boeing was awarded the contract to design and develop the aircraft for such operations back in 2018. The company noted that the MQ-25 Stingray is a precursor aircraft that the manufacturer is designing under the terms of the contract.