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Revolutionizing Unmanned Aerial Refueling: Boeing and BAE Systems Upgrade Navy’s MQ-25 Stingray VMSC

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Feb 12, 2024
BAE Systems to upgrade technology for US MQ-25 refuelling UAS

Boeing has selected BAE Systems to upgrade and modernize the vehicle management system computer (VMSC) for the US Navy’s MQ-25 Stingray uncrewed aerial refueling system. The upgrade aims to enhance computing power and resolve obsolescence concerns, with the goal of improving aircraft performance and enabling future growth in capabilities.

The Stingray is a carrier-based, long-endurance unmanned aerial system (UAS) designed to conduct aerial refueling as its primary mission and provide Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) capability as a secondary mission. When integrated into carrier fleets, it will extend the range of US carriers’ existing Boeing EA-18G Growler, F/A-18 Super Hornet, and Lockheed Martin F-35C fighters.

BAE Systems is confident that the upgraded VMSC for the MQ-25 will deliver advanced functionality for executing critical missions, reducing the amount of hardware required on the aircraft through consolidation into this computer. Corin Beck, senior director of Military Aircraft Systems for Controls and Avionics Solutions at BAE Systems, stated that the upgrade will enable the platform to execute today and tomorrow’s critical missions.

By replacing multiple onboard computers with an integrated system, BAE Systems will improve aircraft reliability and reduce the total lifecycle cost of ownership for the Navy. In addition to providing an upgraded VMSC solution, BAE Systems has also provided Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) System for the MQ-25.

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