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Heroux-Devtek wins contract to support US Navy unmanned tanker

MQ-25 aircraft will provide a refuelling capability, extend the range of the carrier air wing.


Heroux-Devtek makes landing gear for the aerospace industry.
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LONGUEUIL, Que. — Heroux-Devtek Inc. has been awarded a contract by Boeing to supply the landing gear system for the US Navy MQ-25 unmanned aerial refuelling program.

“This new contract award represents our fourth complete aircraft landing gear program collaboration with the world’s largest aerospace company and could represent a significant new long-term opportunity for Heroux-Devtek,” said Gilles Labbe, the company’s president and CEO.

No financial details were provided.

The MQ-25 is the US Navy’s first operational carrier-based unmanned aircraft and is designed to provide a refuelling capability. The contract supports Boeing’s engineering and manufacturing development program to provide four MQ-25 aircraft to the US Navy for initial operational capability by 2024.

“The MQ-25 program is vital because it will help the US Navy extend the range of the carrier air wing, and Boeing and our industry team is all-in on delivering this capability,” said Dave Bujold, Boeing’s MQ-25 program director.

Heroux-Devtek is a manufacturer of aircraft landing gear, hydraulic and electromechanical flight control actuators, custom ball screws and fracture-critical components based in Longueuil, Que.

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