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Boeing Selects BAE Systems for MQ-25 Unmanned Aerial Refueling System Upgrade

Published: 2.26.2024

Boeing has announced its partnership with BAE Systems to upgrade and modernize the vehicle management system computer for the U.S. Navy's MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueling system. This collaboration marks a significant step forward in enhancing the capabilities of this critical military asset.

The MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueling system plays a pivotal role in extending the range and endurance of carrier-based aircraft, providing crucial support to naval operations. By upgrading the vehicle management system computer, Boeing and BAE Systems aim to enhance the system's performance, reliability, and efficiency, ensuring its continued effectiveness in meeting the Navy's operational requirements.

This highly efficient and integrated system will deliver more capability by replacing multiple other onboard computers, improving aircraft reliability, and reducing the total lifecycle cost of ownership for the Navy.

The new VMSC also provides growth capability to support future missions of the MQ-25, such as intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) technologies, and lays the foundation for all future carrier-based unmanned systems by pioneering the cutting-edge manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) operational concept.

The MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueling system is designed to provide the U.S. Navy with a critical capability to extend the reach and endurance of carrier-based aircraft, enabling enhanced operational flexibility and effectiveness.

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