I think the French Air Force got some key performance parameter in common with US Air Force, e.g. insight in technique.
No insight, no deal.
Another key performance parameter is range for countries like the UK (distance Ascension Island to Falkland Islands 4,000 nm), Australia (Cocos (Keeling) Islands to Norfolk Island 4,000 nm) and France (France to French Guiana about 3,500 nm). Just compare with expansions of countries which bought KC-767 like Japan (Tokyo to Iwo Jima 650 nm, greatest expansion 1.600 nm Hateruma Shima to cape Shiretoko ) or Italy (greatest expansion 700 nm Rifugio Tridentina to Lampedusa)
But the French played fair. The minimum requirement for fuel capability was set to 244,000 lb. As I heard Boeing didn't offered KC-777.
More like No you cannot bid because your not a FRENCH company.
French subsidised company.
Ah no .. they put forth in the contract must be made in EUROPE.
Cocos/Norfolk Is are not high priority/risk scenarios in ADF planning.
I believe one of the requirements for AIR5402 was redeploy fromWilliamstown AB eastern Aust, to Butterworth AB Malaysia (also c.4000nm), while towing a flight of AF-18 Hornets, carrying the ground crew on the upper deck, and spares and support equipment in the cargo hold.
(And Boeing didn't offer the KC-777 for that either)