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  • EADS North America won’t protest Air Force tanker award to Boeing

    03/04/2011 9:54:55 AM PST · by Yo-Yo · 41 replies · 1+ views
    EADS North America will not protest the U.S. Air Force’s award of its aerial refueling tanker contract to rival Boeing, company executives said Friday. “After meeting with the Air Force and the Department of Defense and evaluating the information they provided to us … EADS North America has decided not to protest the KC-X tanker award,” EADS North America Chairman Ralph Crosby Jr. said Friday. “The outcome was decided by price, and Boeing’s offer was at a lower price than ours.” He also suggested it might be hard for Boeing to deliver tankers on the Air Force’s timetable and make...
  • Alabamans steaming on tanker deal

    02/24/2011 7:34:14 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    HeraldNet ^ | February 24, 2011 | Jerry Cornfield
    Alabamans steaming on tanker deal Jerry Cornfield It's no surprise that today's decision on the tanker didn't sit well in Alabama. U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby stopped short of implying corruption was involved. "I’m disappointed but not surprised," Shelby said in coverage on al.com. . "Only Chicago politics could tip the scales in favor of Boeing’s inferior plane. EADS clearly offers the more capable aircraft. If this decision stands, our warfighters will not get the superior equipment they deserve.” Here are more samples from this story. "The U.S. Department of Defense, in not awarding the aerial refueling tanker contract to EADS...
  • Boeing Wins $35 Billion Contract to Build Air Force Tankers

    02/24/2011 2:19:44 PM PST · by pissant · 83 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times ^ | 2/24/11 | Chris Drew
    In a surprise twist in a long-running saga, the Air Force on Thursday awarded a $35 billion contract for aerial fueling tankers to Boeing rather than to a European company that builds Airbus planes, aides to lawmakers briefed on the decision said.
  • Report: Boeing losing ground in tanker bid

    02/21/2011 7:00:00 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    Dayton Business Journal ^ | February 21, 2011 | Steve Wilhelm
    Report: Boeing losing ground in tanker bid Dayton Business Journal - by Steve Wilhelm, DBJ Contributor . Reports indicate that The Boeing Co. may be losing ground in its bid for the $35 billion U.S. Air Force KC-X tanker modernization contract to Airbus and perhaps Northrop Grumman Corp. But the protracted fight over the next Air Force tanker may bring with it this benefit for taxpayers: a better aircraft for less money. In a blog published Feb. 20, aerospace analyst Scott Hamilton points out that the original 2001 contract won by Boeing would have leased 100 tankers to the Air...
  • Boeing Submits Final NewGen Tanker Proposal to US Air Force

    02/10/2011 6:03:46 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies
    Boeing ^ | 2/10/2011 | Boeing
    The Boeing Company today submitted its final proposal for the U.S. Air Force’s KC-X tanker competition. The proposal offers a fleet of Boeing NewGen Tankers -- 767-based, multi-mission aircraft that deliver superior capabilities to U.S. warfighters and burn 24 percent less fuel than the competing European Aeronautic Defence and Space (EADS) Company’s tanker. If selected, the Boeing tanker will save taxpayers tens of billions of dollars in fuel costs over the next 40 years and support 50,000 American jobs with more than 800 suppliers in more than 40 states. “This decision is critical to America’s national security and its manufacturing...
  • EADS will not improve U.S. tanker

    02/08/2011 8:39:55 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 5, 2011 | Sabine Siebold
    EADS will not improve U.S. tanker (Reuters) - Airbus (EAD.PA) Chief Executive Tom Enders said on Saturday the European planemaker's parent company EADS would not improve its bid to build a fleet of U.S. Air Force aerial refueling planes. "It is not our style to make hectic corrections at the last minute," Enders told Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of a security conference in Munich. Enders said EADS had made a very good offer for the contract, that also made economic sense, whereas competitor Boeing Co (BA.N) had announced "last changes" to its bid. The transatlantic rivals have...
  • Air Force Says Mix-up Did Not Provide Unfair Advantage in Tanker Bid

    02/06/2011 10:29:52 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies
    Wharton Aerospace ^ | 2/4/2011 | Wharton Aerospace
    A U.S. Air Force officer told Congress that both Boeing and EADS handled "correctly and professionally" a situation in which each received data from the Air Force about each company's bid to build a fleet of refueling tankers. Major Gen. Wendy Masiello also testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Air Force unintentionally sent Boeing and EADS the rival bids on compact disks. The reason for the hearing was to determine whether EADS is in a better negotiating position after one of its employees briefly viewed a summary of the Air Force's assessment of rival Boeing's bid, according...
  • Boeing to revise bid for US military tanker deal

    02/01/2011 7:53:47 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Boeing to revise bid for US military tanker deal (AFP) – 8 hours ago WASHINGTON — Boeing said Tuesday it would submit a new, "final" bid for a $35 billion contract to supply the US military with 179 aerial refueling tankers, as it tries to beat European rival Airbus. A Boeing spokesman said the firm and US Air Force officials held talks Monday to discuss the company's proposal and revisions would follow. "This was our last opportunity to get feedback from the Air Force on our proposal before the end of the tanker competition," Bill Barksdale said in a company...
  • So Both Sides Got Subsidies in KC-X, Now What?

    01/31/2011 11:30:07 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 1/31/2011 | Defense Tech
    The World Trade Organization has apparently issued a final ruling saying that Boeing did indeed recieve unfair — not illegal — subsidies that benefit the development of its aircraft fleet. According to the New York Times, the WTO ruled, in a confidential report, that Boeing received about $5 billion in subsidies. The WTO focused on about $24 billion in R & D contracts Boeing receives from the military and NASA along with Washington state tax breaks that European governments say gave the Chicago-based company a technological and financial edge. Last summer, the WTO found that EADS had received billions in...
  • Pentagon Defers Senate KC-X Questions

    01/28/2011 12:21:20 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Techology ^ | 1/28/2010 | Michael Bruno
    The U.S. Air Force will respond to a lawmaker’s inquiry on whether the Integrated Fleet Aerial Refueling Assessment (Ifara) can be eliminated from the service’s KC-X aerial refueling tanker competition, as well as comment on how important Ifara is to the award, an Air Force representative told the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) this morning. Moreover, USAF will respond to a question about what options were considered to “level the playing field” after a data-release mistake last year, defense officials said during a wide-ranging and mostly theatrical hearing on the error. The 2.5-hr. hearing, which quickly became more contentious among...
  • Senators call on Obama, Congress to level playing field in tanker battle

    01/26/2011 8:19:07 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    HeraldNet ^ | January 26, 2011 | Michelle Dunlop
    Senators call on Obama, Congress to level playing field in tanker battle Michelle Dunlop, Herald Writer U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray are pushing for level playing field in the Air Force tanker contest. The Senators from Washington, where the Boeing Co. would build its 767-based tankers, sent a letter to President Barack Obama, to make sure he heeds his own call to support American businesses and workers. Obama emphasized that point during his State of the Union address on Tuesday. “For too long American aerospace workers and the critical economic sector they represent have been disadvantaged by trade-distorting...
  • US military's tanker deal: a saga without end

    01/23/2011 11:10:05 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies · 1+ views
    US military's tanker deal: a saga without end Sun, Jan 23, 2011 AFP WASHINGTON - The battle between aerospace giants Boeing and EADS to supply new aerial refueling tankers for the US Air Force could drag on even after the military finally makes a decision on the contract, experts say. For the past decade, the Pentagon has struggled to launch a new fleet of refueling aircraft to replace the old KC-135 workhorses that date back to the 1950s, but the effort has been marred by scandal and bitter feuds. Two previous attempts to move ahead with a new tanker were...
  • Can Boeing regain tanker bid balance from EADS?

    01/22/2011 7:21:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    New Mexico Business Weekly ^ | Friday, January 21, 2011
    Can Boeing regain tanker bid balance from EADS? New Mexico Business Weekly . U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-WA, Thursday visited the Everett (WA) factory floor where The Boeing Co. hopes to build U.S. Air Force tankers, and announced a new initiative to give Boeing back an edge. In the wake of numerous reports that EADS likely will win the Air Force competition to build new flying tankers, Cantwell said she’s asking the Senate Armed Services Committee to determine if the competition can still be fair after the accidental November release of bidding information to both Boeing and Airbus parent EADS....
  • Boeing withdraws from Indian midair tanker tender

    01/19/2011 9:44:08 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies
    Deccan Hearld ^ | 1/20/2011 | Deccan Hearld
    Boeing has withdrawn from the midair tanker tender floated by the Indian Air Force (IAF) in September 2010. That leaves only the European Airbus A330 MRTT and the Russian IL 78 in the fray for supplying six midair refuelers to the IAF, which may actually buy a few more aircraft on follow-on orders later. At present, IAF flies six IL 78 tankers, which are doing well but are of old technology and IAF is looking for newer, better options. In fact, the Airbus 330 MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport) had won the competition earlier but as it was regarded as...
  • EADS: KC-X tanker to be awarded next month

    01/16/2011 11:10:20 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    UPI ^ | 12/11/2010 | UPI
    European defense giant EADS expects the Pentagon to award the $35 billion KC-X tanker contract as early as next month. "The contract award … was to have been around the middle of November last year. It has moved toward next month," EADS North America Chief Executive Officer Sean O'Keefe said Wednesday in Paris, citing information from the U.S. Defense Department. European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. is in a fierce competition with U.S. arch-rival Boeing for the contract to outfit the U.S. Air Force with 179 in-flight refueling tankers.
  • Boeing, EADS tanker debate playing out in magazine ads?

    01/13/2011 10:49:20 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Wichita Business Journal ^ | January 13, 2011 | Steve Wilhelm
    Boeing, EADS tanker debate playing out in magazine ads? Wichita Business Journal - by Steve Wilhelm , Puget Sound Business Journal. While the U.S. Air Force hasn’t yet had the opportunity to evaluate tanker bids from Boeing and EADS, the fight continues to be played out publicly in the pages of industry publications such as Aviation Week and Space Technology. The Air Force is expected to make a decision in February. Consider the Jan. 10 Aviation Week issue, which includes a two-page ad from Boeing, complete with American flags and closeups of two crew members, contending that the 767-based tanker...
  • Concern surrounds Boeing's tanker bid

    01/11/2011 7:26:50 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    NWCN.com ^ | January 10, 2011 | GLENN FARLEY
    Concern surrounds Boeing's tanker bid by GLENN FARLEY / KING 5 News Aviation Specialist NWCN.com Posted on January 10, 2011 at 7:32 PM Updated yesterday at 7:32 PM Gallery.See all 3 photos » EVERETT - Monday marked another milestone for Boeing with the 1,000th 767 nearing completion. Employees signed a banner that mark the occasion, but on everyone's mind was that the future of the assembly line may hang on whether Boeing wins a contract to build at least 179 aerial refueling tankers for the U.S. Air Force. For inspector David Muellenbach, who's been on the 767 program for at...
  • Boeing tries the back door

    12/29/2010 9:26:05 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 58 replies · 21+ views
    The Anniston Star ^ | Dec 29, 2010
    Boeing tries the back door by The Anniston Star Editorial Board Anniston Star Dec 29, 2010 You have to give Boeing Co. and its political allies credit. When it comes to securing the $40 billion Air Force refueling tanker contract, they don’t give up. What does it matter if Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the Air Force feel that Boeing’s tactics are, in the words of U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Mobile, “underhanded.” What do they care if their efforts represent, as U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Mobile, put it, “an unacceptable political attempt” to confuse and delay the acquisition of these...
  • Bill complicates Air Force contract (new tanker)

    12/21/2010 8:01:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies · 2+ views
    Politico ^ | 12/21/10 | JEN DIMASCIO
    Bill complicates Air Force contract By JEN DIMASCIO | 12/21/10 6:38 PM EST The House on Tuesday approved an 11th-hour measure that supporters of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. complained could delay the already long-running competition to make $35 billion in new aerial refueling tankers for the Air Force. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., who’s backing the EADS bid, said he and other supporters were caught off guard by the vote in the waning hours of this lame-duck session of Congress. “Boeing wants to have a leg up in the tanker negotiations, and they have been trying the entire...
  • Airbus Works on Final Aerial Tanker Bid, Claiming Edge on Boeing

    12/17/2010 6:47:22 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Bloomberg ^ | December 17, 2010 | Andrea Rothman
    Airbus Works on Final Aerial Tanker Bid, Claiming Edge on Boeing December 17, 2010, 3:34 AM EST By Andrea Rothman Dec. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Airbus Military said it’s working on a final bid in the $35 billion U.S. Air Force airborne tanker contest as it seeks to trump Boeing Co. in a delayed competition that has already spanned nine years. Airbus’s defense arm is bullish about winning the order because its A330 airliner-based model offers greater capability than Boeing’s 767, Domingo Urena Raso, the unit’s chief executive officer, said in an interview in Toulouse, France. “Our plane is bigger, it...
  • Senators, France vs. Boeing

    12/13/2010 10:48:33 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1+ views
    Decatur Daily ^ | 12/14/10 | Eric Fleischauer
    Senators, France vs. Boeing WikiLeaks: Nation wanted EU firm favored by Shelby, Sessions By Eric Fleischauer The goal of giving a European conglomerate a contract worth tens of billions of dollars — pushed by Alabama’s U.S. senators — has strong backing from France, a recent WikiLeaks disclosure indicates. The cable also suggests France was not happy it was encountering hurdles with the EADS deal at the same time the United States was discouraging France from selling military equipment to Russia. The diplomatic cable, compiled after a Feb. 8 meeting in Paris, made clear that France is on the same side...
  • EADS North America Prepares to Build KC-45 Tanker Production Facility in Mobile, Ala.

    12/08/2010 8:16:49 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    EADS North America ^ | 08 Dec 2010
    EADS North America Prepares to Build KC-45 Tanker Production Facility in Mobile, Ala. MOBILE, AL -- 12/08/10 -- EADS North America today announced that it is soliciting bids through its recently selected program management firm for design and construction of the Mobile Conversion Center where KC-45 aerial refueling tanker aircraft will be militarized for the United States Air Force. Preparation for construction of the facility began in November with the selection of Hoar Program Management to oversee the project. The selection of a program manager and initiation of work on the Mobile Conversion Center reflects EADS North America's commitment to...
  • Time to Split the Baby (A solution to the Air Force’s tanker woes.)

    12/07/2010 7:43:52 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 49 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Dec 13, 2010 | JOHN NOONAN
    Time to Split the Baby A solution to the Air ForceÂ’s tanker woes. John Noonan December 13, 2010, Vol. 16, No. 13 Few defense acquisition tales have been as sordid as that of the U.S. Air ForceÂ’s new refueling tanker, the KC-X. The tanker acquisition program first popped up on the national radar screen in 2001, when Senator John McCain called into question a no-bid contract that would have leased modified Boeing 767s to the Air Force instead of purchasing a new tanker outright. An ensuing corruption scandal marred the leasing deal beyond recognition. In the years since, the issue...
  • EADS poised to win Air Force tanker contest, analyst says

    12/06/2010 6:28:52 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 31 replies
    Ai.com ^ | 12/7/2010 | George Talbot
    The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. will win the U.S. Air Force tanker contract over rival Boeing Co., according to a leading defense analyst. Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute in Arlington, Va., said EADS has emerged as the clear favorite for the coveted deal, based on the Air Force's internal analysis of the two competing bids. "Boeing has lost this competition," Thompson said, citing conversations with Boeing executives. "The only question now is whether they choose to protest the award, and I'm not sure they will."
  • Air Force Officials Continuing Source Selection for New Tanker

    12/02/2010 10:10:53 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 12//2010 | Defense Talk
    Air Force officials have said the KC-X source selection process will continue despite a mistake in November, where a limited amount of identical source selection information was provided to both KC-X offerors concerning their competitor's offering. Air Force officials are ensuring a level playing field with regards to the information actually accessed by one of the offerors. The information concerned was limited to a single page of non-proprietary data on a CD that did not include any offeror-proposed prices. "This clerical error does not affect our source selection schedule," said Lt. Gen. Mark Shackelford, the military deputy from the Office...
  • Air Force scrambled to fix tanker information mix-up

    12/01/2010 9:05:35 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 12/1/2010 | Dominic Gates
    After an Air Force mix-up sent Boeing and EADS computer disks with crucial data on each other's bid for the air-refueling tanker contract, Boeing initially was left at a disadvantage, contrary to previous reports. The Air Force then had to scramble to level the playing field in the $40 billion competition. When Boeing tanker-team officials got the errant disk last month, they recognized from the labeling that the disk was intended for EADS, and did not open it. But their EADS counterparts did open the disk they received and looked at a spreadsheet of data on the mission performance of...
  • Air Force officials continuing source selection for new tanker

    12/01/2010 7:54:08 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 1+ views
    AFNS ^ | 12/1/2010 | AFNS
    Air Force officials have said the KC-X source selection process will continue despite a mistake in November, where a limited amount of identical source selection information was provided to both KC-X offerors concerning their competitor's offering. Air Force officials are ensuring a level playing field with regards to the information actually accessed by one of the offerors. The information concerned was limited to a single page of non-proprietary data on a CD that did not include any offeror-proposed prices. "This clerical error does not affect our source selection schedule," said Lt. Gen. Mark Shackelford, the military deputy from the Office...
  • Tanker, F-35 and Korea Transfix USAF

    11/27/2010 8:14:14 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 11/27/2010 | David A. Fulghum
    Could bad luck be coming in threes for the U.S. Air Force? This month, officials were sacked from the tanker-replacement program, concern grew about another slip in the F-35’s initial operating date, and South Korea is enduring the worst attack by North Korea in more than 50 years. So far, two heads have rolled in the tanker program after two documents involved in the competition were sent to the wrong company. The unidentified employees—who were members of the program office, but not the program manager—have been replaced. An investigation has ensured that the competition is still fair and that no...
  • USAF Sent Info on Opposing Bids to KC-X Rivals

    11/19/2010 7:47:21 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 11/19/2010 | Defense Tech
    What!?!?! Just when we thought this was going to be wrapped up soon, the Air Force has mistakenly given Boeing and EADS information on the other team’s respective bids for KC-X. Read the following from Defense News: “Earlier this month, there was a clerical error that resulted in limited amounts of identical source selection information being provided to both KC-X offerors concerning their competitor’s offer,” Air Force spokesman Col. Les Kodlick said Nov. 20. “Both offerors immediately recognized the error and contacted the Air Force contracting officers.” Kodlick said the service is analyzing the information that was inadvertently disclosed and...
  • Airbus slashes prices to win US military project

    07/12/2010 10:33:04 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies
    AFP via Google News ^ | 7/12/2010 | AFP via Google News
    European aerospace giant Airbus has cut its prices in a bid to win a fight with US rival Boeing for a 40-billion-dollar US Air Force contract, a German business daily reported on Monday. Airbus has cut the proposed cost for the contract to build 179 aerial refuelling tankers by at least 10 percent from the level in a previous offer in 2008, the Financial Times Deutschland (FTD) reported, citing industry sources. Last week, the two competitors submitted their offers to Washington, setting the stage for a high-stakes transatlantic trade scrap. It will be the third time the contract has been...
  • USAF receives three proposals for KC-X, but Antonov team admits concerns

    The US Air Force has started the countdown to the KC-X contract award after having received three bids to build 179 tankers, including a last-minute offer from a California company selling Antonov aircraft. The contest is likely to remain a face-off between the Boeing KC-767NewGen Tanker and the EADS North America KC-45, even though Antonov-bidder US Aerospace touted a possibly lower $29.5 billion price tag for its proposal.
  • EADS Fires Across Boeing’s Bow

    07/08/2010 8:43:21 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 60 replies · 1+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 7/8/2010 | Colin Clark
    Demonstrably proud of their bid on the KC-X tanker, EADS NA officials turned it in one day early and the company’s chairman slammed Boeing for “wasting a lot of time trying to derail” the competition “because someone thinks their plane is inferior.” Boeing’s attacks amounted, said company chairman Ralph Crosby, to a lot of “crap.” EADS flew five paper (and one CD) copies of its 8.800-page bid to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on a chartered prop plane, expecting them to arrive at 2:40 p.m. The company filmed the copies being loaded aboard and the takeoff for employees to watch later....
  • UPDATE 1-US, Ukrainian team dives into US tanker contest

    07/02/2010 6:11:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jul 2, 2010 | Andrea Shalal-Esa
    UPDATE 1-US, Ukrainian team dives into US tanker contest US company teams with Ukrainian cargo plane maker Says it can offer significantly lower price (adds details, quotes from filing) WASHINGTON July 2 (Reuters) - A small U.S. company on Friday said it had joined forces with Antonov Co, a state-owned Ukrainian aviation company, to enter a hotly contested U.S. refueling plane competition valued at up to $50 billion. U.S. Aerospace Inc said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it signed an agreement on Thursday with Antonov, which makes the world's largest cargo planes. The company said...
  • WTO rules some EU subsidies to Airbus illegal

    07/01/2010 2:39:21 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    WSJ Marketwatch ^ | 7/1/2010 | Christopher Hinton and Aude Lagorce
    The World Trade Organization on Wednesday faulted the European Union for providing cheap loans to Airbus to help lower its cost for developing new airplanes and take market share from Boeing Co. It's a clear victory for the Chicago-based manufacturer, providing the company with precedence to disrupt similar funding for the up-and-coming A350XWB, which will compete with its 787 Dreamliner. It could also help the company to score a $35 billion U.S. contract to replace the military's aging aerial-refueling fleet. "The ruling shows the WTO works and it can understand the aerospace industry," said Teal Group analyst Richard Aboulafia, who...
  • It’s Official: EADS Bids For KC-X

    04/20/2010 9:12:07 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 384+ views
    EADS North America will pursue the tanker bid on its own, acting as prime and bringing in some 200 suppliers when it bids on the tanker. Board Chairman Ralph Crosby made it official at the National Press Club, saying the tone of debate about the program needed to calm down, but also taking a combative tone, saying: “It’s unambiguous we have the better tanker.” And Crosby reiterated the familiar war cry that only EADS has a working flying tanker ready to sell.. Then CEO Sean O’Keefe introduced representatives of the major partners in the program: GE; Eaton Aerospace; GKN; Westland...
  • EADS could pick L-3 as partner for tanker bid

    04/08/2010 6:27:15 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 297+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4/07/2010 | Andrea Shalal-Esa
    Europe's EADS would likely choose L-3 Communications Holdings Inc as a key supplier, should it decide to challenge Boeing Co for a U.S. aerial refueling contract worth up to $50 billion, according to analysts and sources following the matter. "Based on what we know today -- and things can change -- it appears that L-3 seems to be the likely subcontractor," Scott Hamilton of Leeham Co said, noting that there is a large faction within EADS that wants to move ahead with a bid. Analysts say a strong agreement could help EADS in what is seen as an uphill battle...
  • Pentagon officials may extend tanker bid deadline

    04/01/2010 9:05:09 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 267+ views
    AFMS ^ | 4/02/2010 | Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
    Defense Department officials here March 31 informed companies interested in bidding on the KC-X aerial refueling tanker contract that if the European Aeronautics Defense and Space Co. formally expresses an intention to compete, the bidding deadline would be extended 60 days, the Pentagon press secretary said March 31. "We are committed to a fair, open and transparent competition in order to get the best airplane to our warfighters at the best value to the taxpayers," Geoff Morrell announced in a late-afternoon news conference here. Officials announced the final request for proposals, the Air Force requirements for the refueling tanker and...
  • Airbus to decide on US tanker bid in 2-3 weeks

    03/29/2010 10:59:49 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 449+ views
    France 24 ^ | 3/29/2010 | France 24
    European plane-maker Airbus will decide in two to three weeks whether to compete for a US military contract to build an aerial refuelling tanker, its chief said in an interview published Monday. Airbus's parent company, EADS, and its US partner Northrop Grumman dropped a joint bid for the contract earlier in March as the companies alleged that the Pentagon's requirements were skewed in favour of US aerospace giant Boeing. "The Pentagon has asked us to decide if we would like to participate, but this time as the main contractor," Airbus chief executive Thomas Enders told the Financial Times Deutschland. "It...
  • Airbus Naughty, Says WTO

    03/23/2010 9:25:34 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 33 replies · 885+ views
    DOD Buzz ^ | 3/23/2010 | Colin Clark
    Boeing’s biggest supporters roared out of the gate Tuesday after the World Trade Organization issued a final ruling that Airbus enjoyed unfair subsidies from European governments. “Enough is enough. For too long, workers in Washington state have had to fight an uphill battle. Instead of competing just with Airbus, they’ve been forced to compete with the deep pockets of European governments that supply Airbus with illegal launch aid,” Sen. Patty Murray of Washington said in a statement. Then she aimed straight at the tanker competition. “It’s clear that the A330, the very plane Airbus would offer our military, has received...
  • Russia’s United Aircraft Chief Fyodorov Denies U.S. Tanker Bid

    03/21/2010 9:20:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 291+ views
    Buisness Week ^ | 3/21/2010 | Gopal Ratnam and Lyubov Pronina
    Russia’s United Aircraft Corp. isn’t planning to bid for the Pentagon’s $35 billion Air Force aerial-refueling tanker program, Chief Executive Officer Alexei Fyodorov said, contradicting U.S. media reports. The Wall Street Journal reported March 19 that United Aircraft, the maker of Ilyushin transport planes, was preparing a bid to be announced as early as today. The Washington Post also wrote about the plan on March 20. Both media reports cited John Kirkland, an attorney at Luce Forward in Los Angeles who said a venture would be announced between United Aircraft and a small, unidentified U.S. defense contractor on March 22...
  • EADS urges 90-day extension on tanker jet tender: US

    03/21/2010 2:44:59 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 245+ views
    AFP ^ | 3/19/2010 | AFP
    European airspace giant EADS has called for a 90-day extension to the tendering process for a multi-billion-dollar deal to supply the US air force with tanker jets, a Pentagon official said Friday. "They've indicated to the department that they would like to see us extend the time frame 90 days," spokesman Bryan Whitman said. The tendering process is due to close around mid-May. "We would consider reasonable extensions," Whitman said, adding that the "next step is for them to give us some specifics in terms of what they need the additional time for." He confirmed that EADS could put in...
  • 'Bizarre' tanker twist: Russians will bid against Boeing for Air Force contract

    03/20/2010 7:24:11 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies · 734+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 3/18/2010 | By Rami Grunbaum
    Here's the latest twist in the Air Force tanker saga: The Russians are coming. Russia's government-owned aerospace company will announce Monday it is competing against Boeing for the $40 billion refueling-tanker contract, a Los Angeles attorney for the company said Friday. United Aircraft of Moscow plans to unveil a U.S. partner and offer a modified version of its Ilyushin Il-96 wide-body plane, said John Kirkland, a Los Angeles lawyer representing the group. The still-unidentified partner, "a U.S. public company and existing defense contractor," would assemble the planes in the U.S., he said. The Russian interest in the tanker bid was...
  • EADS tells Pentagon it might still vie for tanker deal

    03/18/2010 8:41:44 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 249+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/18/2010 | Reuters
    Europe's EADS has told the Pentagon of its possible interest in continuing to vie for a multibillion-dollar contract for a new U.S. aerial refueling fleet despite the end of a trans-Atlantic partnership formed to bid, the Pentagon said on Thursday.The Defense Department would welcome an EADS bid and would consider a "reasonable extension" to the May deadline for bids if necessary, said Geoff Morrell, the Pentagon press secretary, in an emailed statement. Absent a bid involving Airbus parent EADS , rival Boeing Co is poised to win a sole-source contract to build up to 179 refueling planes and compete for...
  • Northrop Grumman declines to bid on latest KC-X RFP

    03/08/2010 8:39:45 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies · 178+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 3/08/2010 | Jon Ostrower
    Northrop Grumman, in partnership with EADS, will not offer a bid for the $35 billion KC-X tanker contract, citing a US Air Force request for proposal (RFP) it believes is weighted in favour of its competitor. "We reached this conclusion based on the structure of the source selection methodology defined in the RFP, which clearly favours Boeing's smaller refuelling tanker and does not provide adequate value recognition of the added capability of a larger tanker, precluding us from any competitive opportunity," says Wes Bush, CEO of Northrop Grumman. Additionally, Bush says that Northrop has decided not to protest the selection...
  • Ta Da! Boeing Unveils Its KC-X

    03/05/2010 8:42:47 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 51 replies · 1,602+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 03/04/2010 | Colin Clark
    Boeing unveiled the plane it will offer for the KC-X competition today, including a little movie and a press release. There was no mention of a 777 tanker, just the long-xpected 767. One of the more intriguing adds to the new bid was the news that the new tanker will boast “a digital flight deck featuring electronic displays” taken from the 787, Boeing’s most advanced civilian plane. It will “show all flight attitude, navigation, engine indication and crew-alerting information on screens 75 percent larger than on a commercial Airbus A330.” One can almost hear the Boeing folks crying: Take that...
  • Boeing to Offer NewGen Tanker to US Air Force

    03/04/2010 8:44:37 PM PST · by Yo-Yo · 16 replies · 839+ views
    United States Tanker.com ^ | March 4, 2010 | Boeing
    ST. LOUIS, March 4, 2010 – The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that it will offer the Boeing NewGen Tanker in the competition to supply the U.S. Air Force with a multi-mission aerial refueling aircraft that will meet all the warfighter's mission requirements for the next several decades. Dennis Muilenburg, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, said the Boeing NewGen Tanker will satisfy all mandatory Air Force requirements and offer an American-made tanker that will be capable, survivable, and combat-ready at the lowest cost to the taxpayer. "Having supplied tankers to the Air Force for the...
  • US KC-X Tanker Competition: Just Once More, Please

    02/25/2010 8:44:22 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 405+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 2/25/2010 | By Nicolas von Kospoth
    Yesterday, US Air Force and Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition officials informed Congress and members of the press on the revised request for proposal (RfP) for the competition for a new aerial tanker. The officials claim that RfP for the controversial KC-X programme, which is now entering its second attempt of finding a solution for the future of US Air Force air-refuelling, is designed to promote fair, open competition. However, it is still questionable if there will by any competition, as the Northrop Grumman-EADS consortium, having been awarded a contract in 2008 which prompted a protest from rival bidder Boeing,...
  • KC-X Tanker request has more than 230 changes, keeps basic form

    02/24/2010 8:06:43 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 584+ views
    <p>Air Force and Pentagon officials made more than 230 changes from the draft to final request for proposals for new aerial refueling tankers but kept the approach that may make Boeing the only bidder.</p> <p>"Where we haven't changed things is in the basic requirements for the airplane," Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn said in a Webcast news conference Wednesday afternoon. "In the end this is about what the Air Mobility Command needs to meet the warfighting needs of the nation."</p>
  • Pentagon Scraps USAF Tanker Competition

    09/10/2008 12:39:15 PM PDT · by Freeport · 15 replies · 210+ views
    www.aviationweek.com ^ | Sep 10, 2008 | Jefferson Morris
    The U.S. Department of Defense announced this morning that it is terminating the U.S. Air Force refueling tanker competition, and has notified Congress and the competing industry teams of the move. Halting the current competition can be viewed as a win for Boeing, which complained that the quick pace of the recompete didn't give it enough time to substantively change its proposal. The deferment would allow the company to rebuild its proposal strategy around a larger aircraft like the 777.
  • Boeing Leaning Toward Not Re-bidding KC-X

    08/11/2008 6:56:13 AM PDT · by MHalblaub · 41 replies · 347+ views
    Aviation Week ^ | Aug 11, 2008 | Amy Butler and David A. Fulghum
    Word that Boeing is strongly considering a “no bid” position for the next round of the U.S. Air Force refueling tanker competition is spreading only two days after the Pentagon released the revised KC-X draft request for proposals (RFP). Multiple sources familiar with Boeing’s internal discussions say company officials are strongly considering the option of not submitting a proposal as the company’s Integrated Defense Systems sector tries to respond to the draft RFP within the government’s speedy timeline. Comments are due this week. The move would leave the Defense Dept. without a competition for the KC-135 tanker replacement. A demand...