According to the publication New Atlas, a well-known corporation Boeing has presented the world’s first unmanned aircraft, designed to provide aviation with the possibility of refueling in the air. The air unmanned tanker also has the function of take-off from aircraft carriers and can refuel both military and civil aviation.
At the heart of the new aircraft is a modified version of the unmanned aerial system Boeing MQ-25. First of all, it will be used for refueling military aircraft F / A-18 Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler and F-35C. Interesting is the takeoff system. A self-governing air tanker can be launched into the air with a catapult or with the aid of a carrier aircraft. In addition, the wings of the aircraft are able to fold, which makes it extremely convenient to use on the decks of aircraft carriers and compact enough for storage in hangars. As Don Gaddis said in an interview with New Atlas, the retired US Navy Admiral, who heads the refueling program at Boeing Phantom Works,
“Boeing has been producing naval aircraft for the army for almost 90 years. Our experience gives us confidence in our approach. We will be ready for flight tests when a development contract is signed. The goal of our project is the creation of radically new unmanned reconnaissance and strike aircraft. “