WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin and Boeing have each received $43 million U.S. Navy contracts for work on the MQ-25 Stingray aircraft carrier drone program.
Both cost-plus-fixed-free contracts will conduct risk reduction activities in support of the system, including refinement of concepts and development of trade space for requirements generation in advance of the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the program.
Work on Lockheed's contract will be performed in California and Texas.
Work on Boeing's contract will be performed in Missouri and Washington.
Each contract's estimated completion date is October 2017.
The Stingray program integrates the first operational, carrier-based, catapult-launched drone.
It will provide long-endurance intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and organic refueling capabilities for the carrier air wing.