Drones are replacing human pilots and remote aviation is beginning to extend to the most diverse scenarios. From unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for reconnaissance to the most stealthy, equipped with missiles and carrying out strategic attacks, they are already in use, thus avoiding possible casualties. Now, Boeing has unveiled a supply drone that has powered an F-35 fighter in mid-flight.
This type of equipment is essential to US military strategy in its gigantic logistical capability. The images speak for themselves.
The MQ-25 T1 drone is an unmanned aircraft system designed for the US Navy mission. This equipment will provide the necessary robust refueling capability, thus extending the combat range of the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, Boeing EA-18G Growler, and Lockheed Martin F-35C fighters.
This aircraft was designed to be launched from the aircraft carriers, being able to quickly supply the squadrons in full without them having to leave the war stage.
Boeing showed in video the action of the drone MQ-25 T
On September 13, Boeing and the US Navy used the MQ-25 T1 drone to refuel an F-35C Lightning II fighter. These images demonstrate for the first time the unmanned aircraft’s ability to perform refueling in flight.
Previously, Boeing’s drone had refueled a F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter in June, and an E-2D Hawkeye in August.
During the mission, the pilot of the US Navy Air Test and Assessment Squadron 23 (VX-23) successfully conducted the operation, ensuring the aircraft’s performance and stability before making contact with the T1 aerial refueling drone and receiving it the fuel.
Boeing has already signed a contract with the Pentagon for the production and supply of the first four unmanned aerial refueling planes, which will be operated by the Navy. In addition, it was specified that delivery will take place by 2024.