The four drones will have initial operation in 2024. They will supply refueling.
The Navy eventually plans to buy 72 more Stingray drones with a total program cost of about $13 billion.
The new tanker could double the strike range of the carrier air wing, with the MQ-25A delivering up to 15,000 pounds of fuel at 500 nautical miles.
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