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Navy set to get its first carrier-drone launched

IF the AMERICAN military drone is at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington on 1 September 2015.

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The U.S. Navy is going to choose a new carrier-drone launched by the end of 2018 as part of a plan to expand its fighter jet attack range and strength capability of the aircraft carriers.

The program, known as Navy MQ-25 Stingray, will be in service in the middle of the next decade. It will create new technology and offer a first-of-its-kind unmanned aerial refueler for the carrier air wing.

At this point, one of the most important questions surrounding the bet is whether or not the attack range capabilities of the fighters, including the F-18, F-35C, can be doubled with the new technology.

Another question that is asked is whether it would allow the carriers to conduct offensive operations, while at a safer distance.

The Navy, which believes the program can answer these questions, is currently looking into the proposals of various military contractors, including Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and General Atomics, for the building of the new MQ-25 drone.

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