U.S. Air Force ‘Bridge Tanker’ Competition Heats Up

rendering of Lockheed Martin’s proposed LMXT tanker
A new rendering depicts Lockheed Martin’s proposed LMXT tanker with windows removed from the existing A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport in anticipation of a U.S. Air Force requirement to prioritize fuel offload as opposed to personnel transport.
Credit: Lockheed Martin
The U.S. Air Force has not finalized what it wants in its next refueling tanker, but one competitor has outlined what it expects the service will want, another has stayed largely quiet, and a third surprise entrant has emerged. •Lockheed Martin would assemble LMXT in Alabama and Georgia. •Boeing...
Brian Everstine

Brian Everstine is the Pentagon Editor for Aviation Week, based in Washington, D.C. Before joining Aviation Week in August 2021, he covered the Pentagon for Air Force Magazine. Brian began covering defense aviation in 2011 as a reporter for Military Times.

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