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Report | Nov. 20, 2023

Audit of the Navy’s Management of the MQ‑25 Stingray Program (DODIG-2024-026)


Inspector General (IG) Robert P. Storch announced today that the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (DoD OIG) released the “Audit of the Navy’s Management of the MQ-25 Stingray Program.” The report raised concerns regarding critical production decisions that the Navy planned to make on the program before sufficient testing and evaluation was completed. 

The MQ-25 Stingray is designed to provide aerial refueling capabilities for the Navy’s air wings aboard nuclear aircraft carriers (CVNs), relieving the F/A-18 Super Hornet that is currently fulfilling this requirement.  The MQ-25A is intended to enhance the Navy’s operational capabilities, allowing it to execute missions beyond current capabilities.