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Boe­ing will build the US Navy’s first op­er­a­tional car­rier-based un­manned air­craft, the MQ-25 aerial re­fu­eler, through an $805 mil­lion con­tract awarded to­day.

Boe­ing was awarded the en­gi­neer­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing de­vel­op­ment con­tract to pro­vide four air­craft. Boe­ing plans to per­form the MQ-25 work in St. Louis.

MQ-25 is de­signed to pro­vide the US Navy with a much-needed re­fu­el­ing ca­pa­bil­ity. Ac­cord­ing to the US Navy, the MQ-25 St­ingray will al­low for bet­ter use of com­bat strike fighters by ex­tend­ing the range of de­ployed Boe­ing F/A-18 Su­per Hor­net, Boe­ing EA-18G Growler, and Lock­heed Martin F-35C air­craft. MQ-25 will also seam­lessly in­te­grate with a car­rier’s cat­a­pult and launch and re­cov­ery sys­tems.

Boe­ing has been pro­vid­ing car­rier air­craft to the US Navy for more than 90 years.

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