Thu, Feb 11, 2010
Who Will Be Bidding Is Still Unclear
The Air Force says it will release the final RFP for the KC-X
tanker competition "not earlier than" February 23rd. The date was
in a pre-solititation notice released Monday.
The RFP was delayed when Northrop Grumman President and CEO Wes
Bush sent a letter threatening to drop out of the competition
unless changes were made to the RFP draft. Northorp Grumman is
partnering with EADS to offer a tanker based on the Airbus A330.
Northrop Grumman said the way the RFP is written favors Boeing's
smaller, less expensive B767-based tanker.
Defense News reports that both companies have expressed concern
about the fixed-price nature of the contract, which spans several
The Pentagon delayed the RFP after receiving the letter from
Bush to look into the issues brought up by both Boeing and Northrup
The Pentagon and the Air Force say they have no plans to
significantly change the RFP before its release. Defense secretary
Robert Gates says the RFP will move forward whether or not Northrop
Grumman and EADS decide to participate.
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