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Lockheed Martin LMXT (KC-Y Bridge Tanker)


Aerial Refueling Tanker Aircraft Proposal


United States | 2030



"The LMXT is the Lockheed Martin submission into the KC-Y Bridge Tanker field being sponsored by a United States Air Force requirement."



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 05/20/2022 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site; No A.I. was used in the generation of this content.
The LMXT is Lockheed Martin's attempt to secure the standing KC-Y "Bridge Tanker" requirement of the United States Air Force (USAF). The platform is built atop the proven framework of the French Airbus A330 passenger airliner - the A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) derivative to be exact - which has proven itself a capable player operationally in the aerial-refueling realm through various European /Western air powers including Australia, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. The competition seeks a "bridge" product between an aging USAF refueling fleet and the in-delivery Boeing KC-46A "Pegasus" tanker product (based in the Boeing Model 767 airliner).

Deliveries of the winning product are expected sometime after 2029 by the service. The LMXT is billed as a strategic-level solution utilizing all-modern and advanced technologies to see the role through. Key components of the Lockheed proposal include the Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) open-system architecture, increased operating ranges, increase fuel payload, and a digitally-controlled Fly-by-Wire (FbW) / Automatic, Air-to-Air Refueling (A3R) boom offering advanced camera and vision sensors. An enhanced defensive countermeasures system will be carried by the aircraft for heightened survivability in contested airspaces/warzones. The airframe will also feature networked communications between all battlefield assets - from satellites and warships to allied fighters and bombers.

The use of the popular French A330, coupled with the proposed Lockheed Martin add-ons, hopes to ensure speedy development of the needed aircraft.

The LMXT will be capable of refueling all, if not most, of the USAF's current in-service aircraft including F-22 and F-15 air superiority fighters, F-35A strike fighters, F-16 lightweight fighters, B-1 strategic bombers, C-17 heavy airlifters, and E-3/E-7/P-8 special-mission platforms.

Using the Airbus A330 as its foundation, the aircraft will continue much of the airliners form and function; a pair of underslung, non-afterburning turbofan engines are set under each swept-back wing mainplane (capped by fuel-saving winglets). The flight deck resides in its traditional place over the nose and the tail unit encompasses a large-area vertical fin with low-set, upwards-cranked horizontal planes. As in the commercial A330 series, a retractable tricycle undercarriage will provide ground-running support.

Specifications as currently estimated (2021) of the LMXT include a length of 193 feet, a wingspan of 198 feet, and Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) of 533,500lb. The complete fuel load will weight 271,700lb. Cruising will be around the Mach 0.81 range and the mission endurance window is set to reach 19.5 hours, offering nearly round-the-clock support for ongoing operations.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Lockheed LMXT Aerial Refueling Tanker Aircraft Proposal.
2 x Rolls-Royce Trent 722B OR General Electric CF6-80E1A4 OR Pratt & Whitney PW4170 non-afterburning turbofan engines developing up to 72,000lb of thrust each unit.
Propulsion
637 mph
1,025 kph | 553 kts
Max Speed
621 mph
1,000 kph | 540 kts
Cruise Speed
42,700 ft
13,015 m | 8 miles
Service Ceiling
9,196 miles
14,800 km | 7,991 nm
Operational Range
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
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Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Lockheed LMXT Aerial Refueling Tanker Aircraft Proposal.
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(MANNED)
Crew
193.0 ft
58.83 m
O/A Length
198.0 ft
(60.35 m)
O/A Width
57.0 ft
(17.37 m)
O/A Height
275,578 lb
(125,000 kg)
Empty Weight
533,519 lb
(242,000 kg)
MTOW
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
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SPEED
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Lockheed Martin LMXT (KC-Y Bridge Tanker) Aerial Refueling Tanker Aircraft Proposal .
None. Onboard systems carried for defensive countermeasures only.
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Lockheed Martin LMXT (KC-Y Bridge Tanker) family line.
LMXT - Base Program Series Name.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Lockheed Martin LMXT (KC-Y Bridge Tanker). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 0 Units

Contractor(s): Lockheed Martin - USA; Airbus - France
National flag of the United States

[ United States (possible) ]
Relative Max Speed
Hi: 750mph
Lo: 375mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (637mph).

Graph Average of 563 MPH.
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MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
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Image of the Lockheed Martin LMXT (KC-Y Bridge Tanker)
Image from official LMXT program press release.

Mission Roles
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to airborne requirements.
AERIAL REFUELING
X-PLANE
Recognition
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