Lockheed, Airbus sign agreement on aerial refuelling
Lockheed Martin and Airbus have signed an agreement to explore opportunities to meet growing demand for aerial refuelling for US defence customers.
Under the agreement, the companies will seek to provide aerial-refuelling services to address any identified capacity shortfall and meet requirements for tankers capable of operating in the future battlespace.
The companies will take a cooperative approach based around the Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport 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 conceptualising the tanker of the future.
Marillyn Hewson, chairman, president and CEO, Lockheed Martin, said: ‘Reliable and modernised aerial refuelling is an essential capability for our customers to maintain their global reach and strategic advantage.
‘By combining the innovation and expertise of Airbus and Lockheed Martin, we will be well-positioned to provide the US Air Force with the advanced refuelling solutions needed to meet 21st century security challenges.’
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