BAE Systems has been selected by Boeing to upgrade and modernize the Vehicle Control System Computer (VMSC) for the MK-25 Stingray unmanned aerial refueling system. The upgrade aims to increase computing power and address obsolescence issues, with the goal of improving aircraft performance and enabling future capability growth.

The Stingray is a long-endurance carrier-based UAS designed to perform mid-air refueling as a primary mission and provide ISR capability as a secondary mission. Once integrated into carrier fleets, it will extend the range of the existing US carrier fighters Boeing EA-18G Grover, F/A-18 Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin F-35C.

BAE Systems is confident that the upgraded VMSC for the MK-25 will deliver advanced functionality to perform critical missions, reducing the amount of hardware required on the aircraft through consolidation into this computer. Corin Beck, senior director of military aircraft systems for control and avionics solutions at BAE Systems, said the upgrade will enable the platform to perform today’s and tomorrow’s critical missions.

By replacing multiple onboard computers, the new integrated system will improve aircraft reliability and reduce total life cycle cost of ownership for the Navy. In addition to providing an upgraded VMSC, BAE Systems also provided the Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system for the MK-25.

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