Astronics Corporation has been awarded contracts by Boeing to supply CorePower® aircraft power distribution units and custom-engineered exterior lighting for the MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueling program.
The CorePower system replaces pilot-operated, thermal mechanical breaker systems with intelligently controlled, solid-state switches to provide safe, reliable performance remotely. The system planned for the MQ-25 incorporates the use of Astronics’ latest-generation ECBU products to create an evenly distributed system at a fraction of the wire weight and increased reliability compared with traditional systems.
Astronics is also currently working with Boeing to design custom lighting for the MQ-25 to provide for safe operations for flight deck personnel and aid in the aerial refueling process.
The MQ-25 is the U.S. Navy’s first operational carrier-based unmanned aircraft and is designed to provide a much-needed refueling capability. The contract supports Boeing’s engineering and manufacturing development program.