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General Atomics Announces Teammates for Navy’s Stingray Tanker Drone Requirement

A General Atomics business unit will collaborate with several other companies to compete for the U.S. Navy’s carrier-based unmanned aerial refueling tanker program.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. said Monday it will work with Boeing (NYSE: BA); BAE SystemsUnited Technologies Corp.‘s (NYSE: UTC) Pratt & Whitney and aerospace systems business; L3 Technologies (NYSE: LLL); Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL); and GKN Aerospace‘s Fokker business on the MQ-25 Stingray program.

Chris Raymond

Chris Raymond, vice president and general manager of Boeing’s autonomous systems business and a 2018 Wash100 recipient, said the company will leverage its autonomous and aviation experience to support General Atomics’ MQ-25 proposal.

UTC’s Pratt & Whitney and UTC Aerospace Systems will respectively provide the PW815 engine and landing gear for GA-ASI’s offering.

General Atomics’ unmanned platform will use L3’s communications systems, BAE’s cybersecurity and mission planning software, Rockwell Collins’ navigation systems, airborne radio and simulation technologies and arresting hook components from GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business.

General Atomics’ electromagnetic systems and systems integration divisions will provide carrier integration, risk reduction and landing gear integration support to GA-ASI.

General Atomics is one of the companies that received the final request for proposals for the MQ-25 Stingray program in October 2017.

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