Notes Upcoming Decision Is Only For Phase One Of KC-X
In the heated competition between Boeing and a Northrop
Grumman/EADS venture for the US Air Force's new aerial tanker
contract, both sides -- and the analysts who watch the industry --
have talked about the contract being worth up to $40 billion to the
winner, by the time all three phases of acquisition are
Thursday's the day. In the interest of allowing as much time as
possible should a second attempt be necessary -- and, so there is
no risk a misfire would endanger the space shuttle Atlantis -- US
Navy officials will reportedly make their first attempt to shoot
down a faulty reconnaissance satellite February 21.
USAF Wants $20 Billion More Annually Over Five Years
Faced with an aging fleet of aircraft, and reluctance by
lawmakers to purchase expensive new fighters, the US Air Force is
telling the Bush administration and Congress that deteriorating
F-15 fighters are not the only issue it's facing.