Boeing has announced significant advancements in its software development for manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) operations, involving the F/A-18 Super Hornet and MQ-25 Stingray.

The recent tests in St. Louis have demonstrated the software’s readiness for future integration into U.S. Navy operations, highlighting its potential application in both Block II and III versions of the F/A-18 Super Hornet.

In a simulated environment, Boeing’s team successfully conducted a demonstration where a F/A-18 pilot remotely commanded an unmanned MQ-25 to deploy a refuelling drogue and refuel the Super Hornet.

This test utilised the existing communication links established on both aircraft, marking a crucial step towards operational deployment.

Alex Ewing, F/A-18 New Product Development lead at Boeing, explained the significance of the new software capabilities.

“MQ-25 is designed to typically receive commands from air vehicle pilots on an aircraft carrier. This software will add a second option, enabling pilots to initiate commands right from their cockpit,” he stated in a press release.

Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

John (@guest_816993)
1 hour ago

Oh if its Boeing bound to work eh? No whistleblowing allowed if its a bummer though. You can end up at your own funeral 😅

Mark (@guest_817006)
15 minutes ago

Have they fixed their software issues with the new tankers yet?