Gates Says KC-X May Be Resurrected By Spring | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 02.23.15

Airborne 02.24.15

Airborne 02.25.15

Airborne 02.26.15

Airborne 02.27.15

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 02.23.15

Airborne 02.24.15

Airborne 02.25.15

Airborne 02.26.15

Airborne 02.27.15

Thu, Jan 29, 2009

Gates Says KC-X May Be Resurrected By Spring

USAF May Just Get A New Tanker After All...

The procurement by the US Air Force of a new aerial tanker, tentatively dubbed KC-X, has turned into a protracted political battle involving Boeing, Northrop Grumman and EADS.

Last year, the Northrop-EADS team won the $35 billion competition, but that contract award was challenged by Boeing, the Government Accountability Office agreed, and a new competition was ordered.

Then, amid concerns the service wasn't prepared to conduct the competition successfully, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates moved in July to strip the Air Force of oversight, handing control of the process off to John Young, a defense undersecretary in charge of procurement. Then, in September, concerned the process would still be open to challenges regardless who won the contract, Gates postponed the bidding indefinitely.

Now, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that Gates, who's been kept on a Secretary of Defense in the Obama administration, is getting ready to try again. Gates told Congress Tuesday that once a new deputy defense secretary and a new chief weapons buyer have been confirmed, he hopes to restart the process this spring, and award a contract by early in 2010.

While a resurgence in "buy American" sentiment might favor Boeing, Northrop makes strong arguments for why its Airbus-based tanker, which would undergo final assembly in Alabama, is just as American as Boeing 767-based proposal. One of those reasons is that both planes share key subcontractors, in much the same way that "American" automobiles usually have greater foreign content than manufacturers let on.

"While Boeing's 767 is assembled in Seattle, WA from parts built in Japan, Italy, UK and Canada, Northrop Grumman's tanker would be assembled in Mobile, AL, built from parts produced in NATO countries -- UK, Spain, Germany and France," Northrop notes.

In the end, that public relations effort is a political subtlety. By treaty, the Pentagon is required to give contractors based in NATO countries, and the employment they create, the same weight as US contractors...

Though as we saw the last time around, jingoistic concerns have a way of intruding in that process nevertheless.

FMI: www.af.mil

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 02.27.15: CS300 Flies, Nimoy Goes West, NTSB's Hart OK'd, PBOR II

Also: Bell 505 Update, Mooney Update, UAV Hysteria, AAR Sells Telair, True Blue Power, More UAV Waivers, Flyers Rights The Bombardier CSeries CS300 airliner made its first flight t>[...]

Counting Down! ANN's Infamous April 1st Edition's Just Around The Corner!

Get Your Wacky Ideas In NOW! ANN E-I-C Note: Folks... we gotta warn you... based on all the nonsense we've had to endure in 2014-2015 (which we are duty-bound to lampoon), this may>[...]

CHP Selects Becker Digital Audio And Polycon Wireless Intercom

Systems To Be Installed In New Helicopters And Fixed Wing Fleet Becker Avionics has reached an agreement with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Office of Air Operations, which wi>[...]

ANA Selects Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 Engines For New Aircraft

Latest Order Valued At $130 Million For Dreamliners Rolls-Royce has been selected by All Nippon Airways (ANA) to provide Trent 1000 engines, worth $130 million, to power three addi>[...]

Klyde Morris (03.02.15)

Klyde Fears FAA's Enforcement Objectives... FMI: www.klydemorris.com>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC