According to the publication New Atlas, the famous Boeing presented to the public the world’s first unmanned aircraft designed to provide aircraft with the ability to refuel in the air. Unmanned air tanker also has a function of take-off from aircraft carriers and can refuel both military and civil aviation.
The new aircraft is a modified version of the unmanned aircraft systems of the Boeing MQ-25. Primarily it will be used for refueling military aircraft F/A-18 Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler and F-35C. Interesting is the system of take-off. Self-governing air tanker can be launched into the air with a catapult or by using aircraft carrier. In addition, the plane’s wings can be folded, making it extremely convenient to use on the decks of aircraft carriers and compact enough to store in hangars. As stated in an interview with the New Atlas don Gaddis, Admiral U.S. Navy retired, who heads the program the refuelling system at Boeing Phantom Works,
“Boeing is almost 90 years producing naval aircraft for the army. Our experience gives us confidence in our approach. We will be ready for flight tests, the time of contract development. The aim of our project is creation of a new unmanned reconnaissance and strike aircraft.”