Later this year, the U.S. Navy will choose one of three proposals put forward by Boeing Phantom Works, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) and Lockheed Martin Skunk Works and for the MQ-25 Stingray unmanned tanker program. The service has been exploring concepts for a large unmanned air vehicle (UAV) since 1999 and has finally settled on a carrier-based aerial tanker with inherent surveillance capability. This almost 20-year journey has led to three starkly different air ...

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