Six months after Airbus and Lockheed Martin signed a Memorandum of Agreement to work with each other to meet the aerial refueling needs of the U.S. Air Force, senior executives of the two companies met at the Paris Air Show to discuss ways to expand the partnership.
The meeting, held in the backdrop of the Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (A330 MRTT), was attended by Alberto Gutierrez, Head of Military Aircraft, Airbus Defence and Space, Michele Evans, Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, and Dirk Hoke, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space.
“Since signing our Memorandum of Agreement with Airbus last December, our teams have been working to expand our business relationship with a focus on providing the U.S. Air Force with the very best capability in aerial refueling,” said Evans. “We believe with Airbus’ and Lockheed Martin’s
expertise in air refueling and innovative, combat-tested technologies such as low observability and networking operations, we make a powerful team to address the U.S. Air Force’s tanker needs today and into the future.”
“The relationship with Lockheed Martin through this exciting project is growing day by day, and we’re looking forward to presenting our offer to the U.S. military in the near future,” said Hoke. “Our A330MRTT has been refueling U.S. military aircraft on combat missions since 2014, and together with Lockheed Martin’s proven record serving the U.S. Air Force we truly believe we can offer unbeatable capabilities.”
“We have said it before and I can only repeat it – the A330MRTT is the most successful and most capable tanker platform in the world,” said Gutiérrez. “It has proven its versatility and capability time and again. It is a tremendous asset for any military, including the U.S.”