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Navy Awards Boeing $85M Contract Modification for MQ-25 Refueling Drone Test Articles

Jeff Brody

Boeing (NYSE: BA) has secured a $84.7M contract modification to build an additional three test articles of the U.S. Navy’s  MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueling aircraft.

The branch exercised options on a potential $805M contract awarded in August 2018 for the production of up to four carrier-based unmanned air vehicles, Boeing said Thursday.

According to the company, it recorded almost 30 hours of flight operation for the first MQ-25 test asset, dubbed T1, at different altitudes and speeds during the initial testing round.

T1 is scheduled to undergo further tests later this year after the planemaker completes integration of an aerial refueling store system under the aircraft’s left wing.

The Department of Defense said Thursday the branch will obligate $63.5M on the modification at the time of award and that DoD expects the company to finish work by August 2024.

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