Quality, Design Issues Slowed MQ-25 Development

MQ-25 with a Boeing F/A-18F

The MQ-25, pictured refueling a Boeing F/A-18F, is now expected to enter service 13 months late, in 2025.

Credit: U.S. Navy/Boeing
As the Boeing MQ-25 Stingray begins a three-year transition into production for the U.S. Navy, new documents and statements reveal previously undisclosed design and manufacturing issues that slowed some development-phase milestones by as much as two years. Design pause in 2021 will delay first...

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