Lockheed Martin unveiled its new LMXT refueling tanker on Friday, a variant of the current Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport made specifically for the US Air Force.
The LMXT was developed as part of the USAF’s KC-Y Bridge Tanker competition to develop a new aircraft that will supplement its fleet of Boeing KC-46A tankers.
The company describes the LMXT tanker as “the most advanced aerial refueler to meet America’s immediate and long-term mission requirements.” Some improvements of the new model include an upgraded communications system, improved range, and increased fuel-offload capabilities.
Executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Greg Ulmer said that with the company’s long track record of producing aircraft for the US Air Force, “We understand the critical role tankers play in ensuring America’s total mission success.”
“The LMXT combines proven performance and operator-specific capabilities to meet the Air Force’s refueling requirements in support of America’s National Defense Strategy,” he added.
LMXT Refueling Tanker Features
In addition to better range and increased payload, the LMXT is equipped with a fly-by-wire boom currently in use by the US and allied countries, “the world’s first fully automatic boom/air-to-air refueling (A3R) system,” as well as an advanced camera and vision system.
The aircraft is also equipped with an open system Joint All-Domain Command and Control 2, which makes it potentially interoperable with systems from other military forces.