Upgrading the MQ-25 Stingray: BAE Systems Modernizes Vehicle Management System Computer for US Navy’s Newest Carrier-Based UAS


BAE Systems to Upgrade US MQ-25 Refuelling UAS with New Technology

BAE Systems has been selected by Boeing to modernize and upgrade the vehicle management system computer (VMSC) for the US Navy’s MQ-25 Stingray uncrewed aerial refueling system. The technology refresh will enhance computing power, address obsolescence issues, and provide an integrated solution that can improve aircraft performance and enable future capability growth, according to BAE Systems.

The MQ-25 Stingray is a carrier-based, long-endurance UAS that will conduct aerial refueling as its primary mission and provide ISR capability as a secondary mission. Once integrated into carrier fleets, the drone will extend the range of US carriers’ existing Boeing EA-18G Growler, F/A-18 Super Hornet, and Lockheed Martin F-35C fighters.

Corin Beck, senior director of Military Aircraft Systems for Controls and Avionics Solutions at BAE Systems, stated, “Our upgraded VMSC for the MQ-25 will deliver advanced functionality, enabling this platform to execute today and tomorrow’s critical missions while reducing hardware requirements on the aircraft through consolidation into this computer.”

In addition to upgrading the VMSC, BAE Systems has also provided the Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) System for the MQ-25. This will replace multiple onboard computers and improve aircraft reliability, reducing the total lifecycle cost of ownership for the Navy.

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