The American “National Interest” magazine revealed that the new in-flight refueling aircraft (LMXT), manufactured specifically for the US Air Force, has been equipped with special capabilities for potential operations in the Indo-Pacific region, confirming its readiness to operate as soon as a conflict erupts, amid growing tensions between the states. United States and China.
The magazine considered that this multi-role model constitutes a breakthrough for the future of the air force and a “nightmare for China”, with the increasing friction between Washington and Beijing.
Ken Moss, who is responsible for the LMXT strategic aircraft production program at the American manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest defense company, said that these aircraft were produced based on scenarios identified by US Air Force officials, which require increased fuel discharges. in the air.
In an interview with the National Interest, Moss indicated that “Lockheed Martin” has already subjected this type of aircraft to a practical evaluation in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Pacific.
He explained that the stresses that these aircraft endured in scenarios of operational theaters in the Pacific, best demonstrated the advantages that (LMXT) provided to the US Air Force.