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originally posted by: anzha
a reply to: RadioRobert
1. Because the Navy actually needs a tanker and it needs to be relatively cheap. I'd have gone with S-3s or perhaps QS-3s, but that's just me.
2. Doing your scenario would threaten their next manned fighter, both funding and otherwise. The FA-XX might be going slower than the F-X/PCA/NGAD/whatever-its-called-this-week, but once the hump of getting the Ford first-in-class issues are done, I bet we see the FA-XX accelerate.
3. The Navy isn't the US Army, after all. If it were, the program would have been cancelled and replaced and cancelled and replaced and cancelled and replaced and...never changing anything except when Congress orders it to directly.
The US Navy (USN) has awarded Boeing $84.7 million for three additional MQ-25A Stingray unmanned in-flight refuelling tankers.
The unmanned air vehicles (UAV) are expected to be complete by August 2024, says the Department of Defense in a notice online on 2 April.