This is what the first-ever drone-tanker from Boeing looks like in action The US Air Force some time ago announced a competition to build the first ever autonomous tanker drone, the MQ-25 Stingray. Boeing was the winner.

The MQ-25 Stingray autonomous tankers will ensure the uninterrupted flight of Boeing F / A-18 Super Hornet, Boeing EA-18G Growler and Lockheed Martin F-35C aircraft during their important missions in enemy territory. The drones will initially be supervised by operators, and their home will be aircraft carriers. They are to become autonomous later.

The US government contract with the domestic company is worth nearly a billion dollars, with the possibility of expansion, and provides for the design, construction, integration with aircraft carriers and the implementation of dozens of such machines for use in 2024. The Boeing machine will be able to carry over 6 tons of fuel over a distance of over 740 kilometers.

The three largest military concerns in the United States took part in the competition. In addition to the Boeing, there was also Lockheed Martin and General Atomic. However, the Pentagon decided that the machines of the other two companies did not live up to his expectations. I must admit that visually the MQ-25 Stingray in the Boeing version looks the most interesting.

A few days ago, the about musics made its first flight with a suspended fuel tank for fighters. To start with, the tank was empty. Ultimately, the drone is to take two such tanks with it, each holding 3 tons of fuel.

The plans for the future of the US army have long been known and are aimed at fully autonomous planes and drones, which will communicate with each other without the participation of pilots and operators and together carry out even the most risky missions.

Such a vision may be frightening, but it is only a matter of time before it comes true. Recall that the United States is one of the few countries that have announced that they are and will always be against creating regulations that will block the use of autonomous killer robots on the battlefields.