BAE Systems powers up US MQ-25 refuelling UAS with tech refresh.

February 12, 2024

In an effort to improve aircraft reliability and reduce total lifecycle cost, BAE Systems has been selected by Boeing to upgrade and modernize the vehicle management system computer (VMSC) for the MQ-25 Stingray, a carrier-based, long-endurance unmanned aerial refueling system for the US Navy. The technology refresh will increase computing power and address obsolescence issues, providing the uncrewed tanker with an integrated solution that can improve aircraft performance and allow for future capability growth. BAE Systems will replace multiple onboard computers with a new integrated system, which will also reduce the amount of hardware required on the aircraft. The upgraded VMSC is expected to deliver advanced functionality and enable the MQ-25 to execute critical missions. BAE Systems has also provided the Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) System for the MQ-25.