LMXT: America's Next Strategic Tanker


LMXT: America’s Next Strategic Tanker

Transformational. Connected. Expandable.


Protecting our nation means investing in tomorrow’s missions today. Lockheed Martin’s LMXT provides competitive capabilities for the near peer fight, while forging a path to the U.S. Air Force’s Next-Generation Air-Refueling System. Combining greater fuel offload at range with connected 21st Century Security technologies, the LMXT is ready to deliver Air Force crews to the heart of the fight in the future battlespace.

More Fuel for the Near-Peer Fight

The LMXT offers an additional 56,000 lbs. of fuel to offload for the near-peer fight.

The LMXT is the only tanker that exceeds all range/offload goals contained in the U.S. Air Force KC-Y 2022 RFI.

Proven & Ready

U.S. workforce and supply chain secured to deliver the LMXT to the U.S. Air Force by 2030.

Fully CERTIFIED boom and vision system.

A combat-proven tanker that is already certified to refuel and now refueling the following aircraft: F-22, F-35, F-16, F-15, A-10, B-1, C-17, E-7 and P-8.

More Booms, Less Aircraft

The LMXT provides equivalent boom in the sky with less aircraft for the near-peer fight.

In the Pacific (~1,500 nm), ~44% fewer LMXT tankers are required to maintain constant presence on station compared to the KC-46 and KC-135.

At Pacific ranges, 110 LMXTs provide the equivalent of 159 KC-135s — the capacity of nearly four (4) additional squadrons.

Completely Connected

The LMXT delivers seamless integration with NGAS.

The LMXT’s full connectivity with computing power and cooling drives the fight.


Enhanced Survivability

Fully connected JADC2 suite enhances survivability with TRUE open mission systems architecture to remain interoperable and connected to support future mission requirements.

A Focus on Autonomy

The LMXT’s automatic air-to-air refueling system is already certified for daytime operations.

Night certification anticipated in late 2023/early 2024.

LMXT airframe is supporting autonomous aerial refueling trials with unmanned aircraft. 

Designed to Deliver

LMXT Specs
Latest News   ___
GE Aerospace Selected to Supply Engines for the LMXT Strategic Tanker, Supporting 3,000+ Highly Skilled American Jobs
Jun 06, 2023
Press Release
Lockheed Martin and Airbus leaders announce the selection of GE Aerospace's CF6-80E1 propulsion system for the LMXT strategic tanker.
Ossoff touts support for Lockheed before Cobb Chamber
Jan 31, 2023
Third Party Article
Ossoff was introduced by Lockheed executive Rod McLean, who leads the Marietta plant, which employs nearly 5,000 people. The plant’s flagship program is manufacturing the C-130J Super Hercules, which McLean called “the best tactical airlifter across the globe, ever made.”
Want to deter China? Hold a tanker competition
Jan 16, 2023
Third Party Article
American air supremacy relies on technological primacy, of course, but it also relies on something more fundamental — the ability to refuel.

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