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General Atomics Tests Integrated Fuel Tank Structure for MQ-25 Refueling UAS

General Atomics Tests Integrated Fuel Tank Structure for MQ-25 Refueling UAS - top government contractors - best government contracting event

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General Atomics business unit has tested the use of integrated fuel tanks for a refueling unmanned aircraft system being developed for the U.S. Navy.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc said Thursday it integrated the fuel tanks into the MQ-25‘s full-scale wing skin and a large-scale wing box unit that underwent tests at a facility in Adelanto, Calif.

The company confirmed the wing and tail components’ production readiness in April after a series of non-destructive and destructive inspections.

“The integral fuel tank wing box test article will reduce technical and schedule risk for the program,“ said David Alexander, president for aircraft systems at GA-ASI.

The wing skin’s demonstration verified the MQ-25’s fundamental concepts, as well as the use of an outer mold line tooling approach to produce the aircraft’s components at a faster rate.

GA-ASI announced its participation in the MQ-25 program in February.

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