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Upgraded VMSC for US Navy’s MQ-25 Stingray: Boosting Performance and Future Capability


Feb 12, 2024
BAE Systems to upgrade technology for US MQ-25 refuelling UAS

BAE Systems has been selected by Boeing to modernize and upgrade the vehicle management system computer (VMSC) for the US Navy’s MQ-25 Stingray uncrewed aerial refueling system. The upgrade aims to increase computing power and address obsolescence issues, with the goal of improving aircraft performance and allowing for future capability growth.

The Stingray is a carrier-based, long-endurance UAS designed to conduct aerial refueling as a primary mission and provide ISR capability as a secondary mission. Once integrated into carrier fleets, it will extend the range of US carriers’ existing Boeing EA-18G Growler, F/A-18 Super Hornet, and Lockheed Martin F-35C fighters.

Corin Beck, senior director of Military Aircraft Systems for Controls and Avionics Solutions at BAE Systems, stated that the upgraded VMSC will enable the platform to execute today and tomorrow’s critical missions. By replacing multiple onboard computers, the new integrated system will improve aircraft reliability and reduce the total lifecycle cost of ownership for the Navy. BAE Systems has also provided the Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) System for the MQ-25.

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