Boeing has lifted the lid ever so slightly on its entry in the US Navy’s MQ-25 Stingray unmanned tanker competition. The company released a partial image of the swept-wing drone that is currently completing engine runs before starting deck-handling demonstrations next year.
It is designed to act as a carrier-based, in-flight refueling aircraft for the F/A-18 Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler, and F-35C Lightning II joint strike fighter.
Boeing hasn’t released any details about its candidate for the MQ-25 Stingray program, which will compete with proposals from Lockheed Martin and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems. The image only shows the central fuselage with its undercarriage, dorsal jet engine intake, part of the wings, and the canted stabilizers. In some respects, it resembles Northrop Grumman’s X-47B, though with a much thicker cross section to accommodate refueling tanks.