The LMXT : World’s First Fully Automatic Strategic Tanker

Lockheed Martin has developed a strategic tanker for US Air Force known as the LMXT. It is made in America by Americans for Americans.

The LMXT is delivered in response to the KC-Y program of the United States Air Force. KC-Y program of the US Air Force was launched on 16th June, 2021 which requires development in aerial refueling for US Air Force once the deliveries of the Boeing Pegasus complete at the decade’s end.


The LMXT : Overview

According to Lockheed Martin, the LMXT is a new chapter for Lockheed Martin in the deliverables for the US Air Force, US Navy and US Marine Corps.

In the below image the specifications of the LMXT are shown. The Image source is Lockheed Martin official website.

The LMXT Specifications
The LMXT Specifications

The LXMT fulfills the immediate and urgent requirements of America by complementing the tanker capabilities of US Air Force. Along with this, the US aerospace industry also expands which also helps in cultivating new high technology and skilled jobs for the Americans.

In support of National Defense Strategy of America, the LMXT perfectly fits into gap or loopholes which were left after the KC-X program by meeting the refueling requirements of the United States.


The LMXT : Functional Advantages

The following are some of the advantages offered by the LMXT:

  • Improvement in range and fuel offload capacity
  • World’s first completely automatic air to air refueling system
  • Advanced vision and camera system
  • Open system architecture
  • Improved datalink and flexible communications

It is believed that the LMXT will contribute to the US economy to a greater extent. Starting from manufacturing process and ending on delivery, all the roles will be reserved for Americans only.


Underlying Technology

The design of the LMXT is completely based on the combat design of Airbus A330 Multirole Tanker Transport (MRTT).

Even, Airbus A330 was a great success as a total of 12 nations placed orders for around 60 Airbus A330 aircrafts. The MRTT has completed more than 250,000 flight hours successfully as a strategic tanker in 13 countries including the United States.

The other good thing about the LMXT is that it is strictly designed within the technical constraints and functional requirements of the US Air Force, which makes it more secure, more configurable, more flexible and less prone to data security attacks.

For additional information, you can visit the official website: www.lockheedmartin.com/LMXT.


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