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Wed, 5 Dec 2018

Lockheed Martin and Airbus to Jointly Explore Aerial Refuelling for US Military

Lockheed Martin has signed an agreement with Airbus to jointly explore opportunities to meet the growing demand for aerial refuelling for US defence customers.

The companies are taking a cooperative approach, with the Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (A330 MRTT) at its heart, to examine a broad spectrum of opportunities. These may range from ways to support critical near-term air-refuelling needs, such as a fee-for-service structure to conceptualizing the tanker of the future.

Michele Evans, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, with Airbus Defence and Space Head of Military Aircraft, Fernando Alonso, in the cockpit of an Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (A330 MRTT). Click to enlarge.

Airbus Defence and Space Head of Military Aircraft, Fernando Alonso, said, “The A330 MRTT has been selected by a dozen nations around the world. It is extensively proven in live operations and has been repeatedly praised by major air forces. We are convinced that the combination of Airbus’ tanker expertise with Lockheed Martin’s extensive US presence, has the potential to provide highly effective solutions for current and future US military aerial-refuelling requirements.”

Lockheed Martin has a long and successful history of systems integration, manufacturing and MRO operations with large airlift and tanker aircraft.

“Airbus is an industry leader in the aerial refuelling area, and Lockheed Martin is known for cutting-edge defensive technologies and capabilities,” said Michele Evans, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. “This is a great opportunity for our two companies to combine our expertise – cooperating to develop world-class solutions for critical needs around the world.”

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