Airbus, Lockheed Martin partner to innovate on aerial refueling

MADRID. Airbus and Lockheed Martin officials signed an an agreement to jointly explore opportunities to meet the growing demand for aerial refueling for U.S. defense customers.

Under the agreement, Airbus and Lockheed Martin will seek to provide aerial-refueling services to address any identified capacity shortfall and to meet requirements for the next generation of tankers capable of operating in the challenging environments of future battlespace.

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-refueling needs, such as a fee-for-service structure to conceptualizing the tanker of the future.