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Lockheed selects Alabama and Georgia for next-gen air tanker plants

WASHINGTON : Lockheed Martin introduced on Monday {that a} future Air Force mid-air refueling tanker could be made in Alabama and Georgia, doubtlessly creating 1,300 new jobs between the 2 websites.

Expansion and hiring at present websites in Mobile, Alabama, and Marietta, Georgia for the subsequent U.S. tanker is contingent upon the award which was anticipated in late-2024 or 2025, Larry Gallogly, director of the LMXT program for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, advised reporters on Monday.

In June the U.S. Air Force started surveying the plane business to study if one other producer has the capability or curiosity to make the subsequent tranche of mid-air refueling tankers just like the lately bought KC-46.

Lockheed has teamed up with France’s Airbus within the contest which makes use of an Airbus business aircraft as the idea for the tanker.

(Reporting by Mike Stone in Washington; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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