As the U.S. Navy fields its largest UAV, Northrop Grumman’s MQ-4C Triton, the service is about to begin development of another, a carrier-based tanker called MQ-25 Stingray. However, this time, Northrop will not be leading the effort. On Oct. 25, the company withdrew from contention, eliminating any hope of its combat-oriented, crank-kite X-47B returning to the carrier deck in one form or another, at least for now. Northrop’s capitulation narrows the field to Boeing, Lockheed ...

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