Beats Boeing To The Official Punch
Northrop Grumman announced Tuesday it has submitted its proposal
to the US Air Force for the KC-135 Tanker Replacement Program, KC-X
-- two days before the required proposal due date of April 12,
Northrop Grumman is offering the KC-30 Tanker to the US Air
Force to replace its aging fleet of KC-135 tankers. The KC-30
Tanker is based upon the A330 platform and will be assembled in
Mobile, AL. The A330 platform was selected in the last three
worldwide tanker competitions to support the air forces of
Australia, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates,
according to the company.
"As a global leader in innovative systems, products, and
solutions, Northrop Grumman keeps sight of the vision that drives
us -- to be the most trusted provider of systems and technologies
that ensure the security and freedom of our nation and its allies.
The KC-30 Tanker embodies our commitment to that vision," said
Ronald D. Sugar, Northrop Grumman chairman and chief executive
"The competition to build the KC-X is as much a competition of
vision as it is of aircraft," said Scott J. Seymour, corporate vice
president and president of Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems
sector. "The KC-30 Tanker will provide our Air Force leaders and
combatant commanders everything they have asked for in air-to-air
refueling and more. More refueling capacity, more versatility
against an uncertain future; more capability and more value per
aircraft. Northrop Grumman and its KC-30 Tanker Team are in this
competition to win it."
The KC-30 carries 45,000 more pounds of fuel than a KC-135. It
is also designed to refuel Navy and coalition aircraft, and to
serve as a multi-role transport aircraft to move passengers, cargo
and medical evacuation patients. The KC-30 incorporates defense
systems, precision fly-by-wire technology, and the ability to
integrate a communications suite with a global support network.
As Aero-News has reported,
Boeing is also expected to submit its 767-derived KC-767 tanker for
bidding in the KC-X competition. Despite going on record in
February, stating the company intends to offer the KC-767,
however... Boeing has yet to formally bid.