GE Aviation awarded contract for Boeing's MQ-25 Unmanned Tanker for the US Navy

Electronic control of integrated stores management supports the US Navy's first unmanned aerial refueling program

Le Bourget, France June 17, 2019

GE Aviation has been awarded a contract by The Boeing Company to supply a stores management solution for the MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueling program.

"This system provides the operational support to help accomplish aerial refueling missions," said Alan Caslavka, president of Avionics Systems for GE Aviation. "The system entails a comprehensive safety architecture for a wide variety of stores and refueling systems, making it a key system enabler for virtually any platform, manned or unmanned."

GE Aviation has been providing mission/stores management solutions to a wide variety of military aerial platforms for more than 40 years. GE has delivered more than 4,500 systems to numerous fixed- and rotary-wing military aircraft operators worldwide. This system is designed according to safety and cybersecurity standards to accommodate current and future precision stores.

"The MQ-25 program is vital because it will help the US Navy extend the range of the carrier air wing, and Boeing and our industry team are all-in on delivering this capability," said Dave Bujold, Boeing's MQ-25 program director. "The work we're doing is also foundational for the future of Boeing - where we're building autonomous systems from seabed to space."

The MQ-25 is the US Navy's first operational carrier-based unmanned aircraft and is designed to provide a much-needed refueling capability. The contract supports Boeing's engineering and manufacturing development program to provide four MQ-25 aircraft to the US Navy for Initial Operational Capability by 2024.