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  • S.Korea plans $1.3-bln tanker aircraft buy to boost air defence

    03/31/2014 9:24:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Mar 31, 2014 | Joyce Lee
    (Reuters) - South Korea on Monday kicked off the process to buy four in-flight refuelling tanker aircraft, in a deal seen to be worth around 1.4 trillion won ($1.31 billion), with planemakers Boeing and Airbus expected to compete, sources said. The purchase is part of South Korea's attempts to bolster its air defence in the face of rising tension in Northeast Asia over the maritime interests of neighbours such as Japan and China, as well as against an unpredictable North Korea. The purchase will be made through a competitive bid process and bids will be accepted by June 30, arms...
  • Kinder Morgan to buy tanker businesses for $1B

    12/23/2013 9:53:12 AM PST · by thackney · 11 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 23, 2013 | Zain Shauk
    Pipeline giant Kinder Morgan Energy Partners will spend nearly $1 billion to move into the tanker business after agreeing to buy two companies that ship oil between U.S. ports, the companies said Monday. Kinder Morgan said it will buy American Petroleum Tankers and State Class Tankers from affiliates of private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Cerberus Capital Management for $962 million in cash. The tankers, which operate under the Jones Act to transport crude oil between U.S. ports, will expand Kinder Morgan’s ability to move oil throughout the country. This will be a new area of business for the...
  • Korea to purchase 4 airborne tankers

    11/27/2013 10:48:27 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | 2013-11-27 | Kang Seung-woo
    Korea will purchase four in-flight refueling tankers from 2017, the nation’s arms procurement agency said Wednesday. The decision comes amid the growing importance of improved airborne operations due to China’s self-declared controversial Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). According to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), the military decision-making committee, chaired by Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin, decided to import four aerial refueling tankers. It usually takes two to three years before finalizing the delivery of four aircraft. “We intend to give public notice of a bid in January 2014 and select a final bidder within the same year after going through...
  • Pertamina's Tanker Spills Oil in the Molucca Sea

    08/01/2013 7:16:50 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | August 01, 2013 | Cheang Chee Yew|
    The KM Patriot Andalan tanker owned by Indonesia's national oil and gas company Pertmina spilled 5,400 tons of oil into the Molucca Sea in eastern Indonesia. The vessel, which was carrying 7,000 tons of oil, was anchored at the port of Ternate in North Maluku when high seas caused a rupture in the connection linking the tanker and the transfer pipe, said Bagus Handoko, Pertamina's distribution manager, as quoted by Indonesian daily Jakarta Globe. Workers managed to unload 1,600 tons of premium fuel and diesel from the tanker, with the remaining spilling into the sea. “We are currently trying to...
  • I-81 Closed at 22/322 for Massive Tanker Fire

    05/09/2013 7:58:17 AM PDT · by Old Sarge · 23 replies
    WHTM-27, Local ABC Affiliate ^ | 09 MAY 2013 | Ali Lanyon
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - Interstate 81 is closed in both directions at the 22/322 overpass near Harrisburg, and many other roadways around the city are congested due to a massive fire involving a diesel tanker. Route 22/322 eastbound is also closed at the interchange. Westbound 22/322 was closed until about 10:30 a.m., when PennDOT reopened the highway over I-81 at the Exit 67 interchange. Access is now also available to northbound I-81 from westbound Route 22 at the interchange. State police Trooper Robert Hicks said the crash occurred at 6:10 a.m. when the tanker, fully loaded with diesel, overturned on...
  • US tanker plane 'crashes in Kyrgyzstan after take off'

    05/03/2013 4:16:35 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 99 replies
    BBC ^ | May 3, 2013
    A US cargo plane has crashed after taking off from an airbase in Kyrgyzstan, local reports say. The tanker aircraft had left the US Manas airbase near the capital Bishkek, officials told AFP. The emergency situations ministry said the plane had broken into three pieces but information about casualties has yet to be released. Seven crew members died when a US civilian cargo plane crashed at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan on Monday. Witnesses of the Kyrgyzstan crash told local media that they heard a boom and saw an explosion. The transport plane was carrying a cargo of fuel when it...
  • Cameron offered air tanker as VIP jet

    04/21/2012 9:49:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Apr 20, 2012 | Tim Hepher
    Cameron offered air tanker as VIP jet (Reuters) - Senior British politicians and royals might consider making foreign visits in converted air force refuelling jets after a row over the use of a rented Boeing for a trade mission to tout European-made Airbus planes. Britain's aerospace industry lobby group said proposals were being drawn up by the industry that could allow Prime Minister David Cameron and even the Queen to use modified Airbus jetliners that double as refuelling planes. The proposals follow a British media storm after Cameron led a business delegation to Indonesia in a chartered Boeing 747 to...
  • Navy buys Korean to keep its ships fuelled: £452m contract for four tankers goes to the Far East

    02/23/2012 7:02:21 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | 23rd February 2012 | Ian Drury
    Navy buys Korean to keep its ships fuelled: £452m contract for four tankers goes to the Far East By Ian Drury Defence Minister Peter Luff announced yesterday that a £452million contract for the support tankers had been awarded to Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering. Critics said the decision was a blow to Britain’s declining shipbuilding industry and to the proud naval tradition of what was once the world’s greatest seafaring nation. They also accused the Government of ‘shameless hypocrisy’ after David Cameron criticised India earlier this month for snubbing British industry when it awarded a £13billion deal to supply 126...
  • Tanker carrying more than 3,000 gallons of gas stolen on Maryland's Eastern Shore (Alger)

    09/14/2011 7:09:37 AM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 9/13/11
    Tanker carrying more than 3,000 gallons of gas stolen on Maryland's Eastern ShoreArticle by: Associated Press Updated: September 13, 2011 - 6:47 PM WORTON, Md. - Authorities in Maryland say a tanker truck carrying more than 3,000 gallons of gasoline has been stolen. **SNIP** The truck has an Alger Oil logo on the tank. It was stolen in northeast Maryland Monday or early Tuesday.
  • PICTURES: Airbus Military completes first A330 tanker flight for Saudi Arabia

    03/16/2011 9:05:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Flight International ^ | 16/03/11 | Craig Hoyle
    PICTURES: Airbus Military completes first A330 tanker flight for Saudi Arabia By Craig Hoyle Saudi Arabia's first A330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) has made its first flight in modified form, touching down on 15 March at the end of a 4h 15min sortie. Conducted from Airbus Military's Getafe site near Madrid, the debut comes ahead of the company's planned delivery of the Royal Saudi Air Force's first of six aircraft late this year. © Airbus Military "The crew reported that the aircraft, its systems and two General Electric CF6 engines performed entirely satisfactorily," says Airbus Military. The company has previously...
  • Boeing labor union credits Obama for Air Force tanker win

    02/26/2011 8:05:55 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 40 replies
    al.com ^ | February 26, 2011 | George Talbot
    Boeing labor union credits Obama for Air Force tanker win Published: Saturday, February 26, 2011, 5:00 AM By George Talbot The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. will meet with top military officials on Monday to learn why its bid for the U.S. Air Force tanker contract fell short against rival Boeing Co. The details of that 10 a.m. CST meeting at the Pentagon could dictate whether or not EADS will protest the award The selection of Boeing’s KC-767 tanker, announced Thursday by the Air Force, stunned observers on both sides of the high-stakes competition for the $35 billion deal....
  • Inside Embraer's KC-390 Tanker/Transport

    02/25/2011 7:23:55 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Aviation Week ^ | 2/25/2011 | Graham Warwick
    Inside Embraer's KC-390 Tanker/Transport Posted by Graham Warwick at 2/25/2011 1:50 PM CST Embraer has frozen the configuration of its KC-390 tanker/transport and plans to begin the joint definition phase in May, after the Brazilian air force - which is paying for development - has made the final decisions on the major suppliers. Photos and graphics: Embraer Myself, Steve Trimble of Flightglobal and John Reed of military.com got a chance on Feb. 22 to look over the full-scale cabin mockup in Hangar X-30 at the air force's CTA (Comando-Geral de Technologia Aerospacial), adjacent to Embraer's plant in Sao Jose do...
  • Merkel deplores, EADS angry over US tanker contract

    02/25/2011 7:16:37 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Merkel deplores, EADS angry over US tanker contract Berlin/Paris - German Chancellor Angela Merkel deplored Friday Washington's decision to award a 35-billion-dollar tanker contract to Boeing Co instead of rival European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. A Merkel spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said an opportunity had been missed to improve the partnership between the European Union and the United States. But he said Berlin would not be taking any action and it was up to EADS and its US partners to analyse what had happened. The contract to build 179 Boeing KC-46A planes is one of the largest in the Defence...
  • The US Air Force’s Tanker Gamble

    02/25/2011 5:40:05 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    defense-aerospace.com ^ | Feb. 25, 2011 | Giovanni de Briganti
    The US Air Force’s Tanker Gamble (Source: defense-aerospace.com; published Feb. 25, 2011) By Giovanni de Briganti PARIS --- When all is said and done, the Pentagon’s Feb. 24 decision to award the $30 billion KC-X tanker contract to Boeing is a huge gamble for both the company and the department. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, the Pentagon is gambling that Boeing will be able to develop and deliver a new, highly complex tanker design in less than six years, when it needed nine years to deliver the far simpler KC-767A to the Italian air force. However, the Pentagon...
  • Boeing won air tanker contract due to 'Chicago politics' says Richard Shelby

    02/25/2011 4:03:30 AM PST · by Liz · 36 replies
    Press-Register ^ | 2/24/11 | Staff
    U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said today that Boeing Co. won a $35 billion contract to build an air refueling tanker due to "Chicago politics." Chicago-based Boeing defeated the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. for the contract. EADS planned to assemble the tanker in Mobile. “I’m disappointed but not surprised," Shelby said. "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.” Boeing wins air tanker contract The Pentagon awarded a $35 billion contract to...
  • Millions spent on tanker lobbying

    02/24/2011 9:26:11 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Politico.com ^ | February 24, 2011 | Chris Frates
    Millions spent on tanker lobbying By: Chris Frates February 24, 2011 09:24 PM EST For a decade, the world’s two largest aerospace companies fought a bitter battle to build the next fleet of Air Force refueling tankers, a fight that’s likely to continue at least at the political level even after Thursday’s announcement that Boeing bested EADS for the $35 billion contract. Both sides have spent millions of dollars working to convince lawmakers and opinion leaders of their plan’s superiority and there’s too much political capital invested for any of the players to just walk away – even if EADS...
  • 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...
  • Air Force KC-X Tanker Contract Award to be Announced

    02/24/2011 10:31:17 AM PST · by pepperdog · 27 replies
    DOD ^ | 24 Feb 2011 | US Dept. Of Defense
    No. 018-11 February 24, 2011 Air Force KC-X Tanker Contract Award to be Announced Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Technology and Logistics Ashton Carter, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz will announce the KC-X tanker contract award at 5:10 p.m. EST, Feb. 24, in the Pentagon Briefing Room (2E973). Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the River Entrance only. Plan to arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to the event; have proof of affiliation and two forms...
  • U.S. Air Force Tanker Award will be Announced Thursday [Roundup, Murray threatens protest]

    02/23/2011 4:48:19 AM PST · by wolf78 · 11 replies
    defpro.com Defence Professionals ^ | February 23, 2011 | Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D.
    The U.S. Air Force will announce the winner of the $35 billion KC-X tanker contract on Thursday, February 24 after financial markets close. Judging from the frequency with which Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter has been talking up the notion of a "globalized" defense market recently, European aerospace giant EADS is the winner. [...] From http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20110223/NEWS01/702239828: Sen. Murray says Air Force tanker decision may come Thursday Sen. Patty Murray says she "won't tolerate" the Air Force choosing EADS over Boeing for the contract. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray expects the Pentagon to announce Thursday its choice between the Boeing Co. and...
  • Air force to get Airbus transporter planes by year-end (UAE)

    02/21/2011 7:19:21 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The National, UAE ^ | February 22, 2011 | Rory Jones
    Air force to get Airbus transporter planes by year-end Rory Jones Last Updated: Feb 22, 2011 The UAE Air Force will receive the first of three new Airbus military transporter planes by the end of the year. A military version of the Airbus A330 passenger airliner, the Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT), is designed as both a transport and an air-to-air refuelling aircraft. Having ordered three MRTT planes in early 2008, the UAE will receive the first of them in December, Didier Vernet, the head of market development at Airbus, said yesterday. The UAE is one of four countries to...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • WTO finds Boeing got billions in illegal subsidies

    01/31/2011 12:17:15 PM PST · by buzzer · 23 replies
    seattlepi ^ | Monday, January 31, 2011 | AUBREY COHEN
    WTO finds Boeing got billions in illegal subsidies, but how many billions? Boeing received billions of dollars in illegal subsidies, a World Trade Organization panel determined in a ruling released to the parties Monday. But the two sides offered vastly different accounts of the ruling, which will remain confidential for several more weeks, until the WTO releases official translations. Airbus said the subsidies amount to at least $5 billion, plus $2 billion more pledged for the future, and cost Airbus at least $45 billion in lost sales -- much more than the impact of illegal subsidies a separate panel found...
  • Italian Air Force Receives Boeing Tanker

    01/27/2011 8:12:35 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    KNSS News Radio ^ | 1/27/2011
    Italian Air Force Receives Boeing Tanker On Thursday, the first of four Boeing KC 767-A tankers was delivered to the Italian Air Force. The aircraft, MM 62229, flew from Boeing's facility in Wichita to Pratica di Mare, the Italian Air Force base south of Rome. The plane will now undergo a series of tests and activities before it enters service. This aircraft replaces the B-707T/T previously flown by the Italian Air Force. It's configured for cargo and troop transport; the plane is operated by four crew-members for refueling missions, and three crew-members on transport flights. The tanker was supposed to...
  • 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...
  • IAF to get midair refueling tanker

    01/22/2011 10:35:20 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies · 1+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/21/2011 | YAAKOV KATZ
    IAF to get midair refueling tanker By YAAKOV KATZ 21/01/2011 Capability needed for possible strike on Iran; Boeing 707 will be converted into a midair refueling tanker. Bracing for a possible confrontation with Iran, the IAF is set to receive a major boost to its long-range capabilities later this month with the expected arrival of a Boeing 707 that will be converted into a midair refueling tanker. The air force bought the plane several months ago and it will be sent to Israel Aerospace Industries, where it will be reconfigured. RELATED: As Iran talks begin, Israel urges forceful action IAF...
  • IAI offers 'power-by-the-hour' use of 767 tankers

    01/21/2011 2:38:37 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Flight International ^ | 21/01/11 | Arie Egozi
    IAI offers 'power-by-the-hour' use of 767 tankers By Arie Egozi Israel Aerospace Industries has offered some air forces a deal that would enable them to have an aerial refuelling capability on a "power-by-the-hour" basis. The plan is based mostly on the use of converted Boeing 767s to be operated either by a local airline or by Israeli pilots. It has been prepared for nations that cannot afford to buy their own tankers. Negotiations are under way with air forces that have shown an interest in the proposal, says a senior IAI source. In 2008, IAI won a contract to convert...
  • Boeing, EADS backers clash over Air Force tanker bill in Congress

    12/22/2010 8:11:17 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies · 4+ views
    al.com ^ | December 22, 2010 | George Talbot
    Boeing, EADS backers clash over Air Force tanker bill in Congress Published: Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 3:17 PM By George Talbot Gulf Coast political leaders today accused Boeing Co.’s political backers of attempting to “sabotage” the U.S. Air Force tanker competition through 11th-hour maneuvering in Congress. U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions and U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner, both Republicans from Mobile, sharply criticized a bill sponsored by Boeing supporters and approved by the U.S. House under suspended rules late Tuesday. Bonner said that the so-called Defense Level Playing Field Act was an “underhanded” attempt to tilt the tanker contest toward Boeing. “The...
  • 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...
  • Brazil to seek deal for A330 tankers

    12/09/2010 7:02:48 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Brazil to seek deal for A330 tankers After issuing a request for proposals in September, the Brazilian air force's KC-X tanker/transport procurement has taken an unexpected turn. Despite having initially forecast the participation of at least three bidders, sources in Brasilia indicate that Airbus Military's A330 multi-role tanker/transport might be selected before the end of the year. Launched earlier in the decade to replace the air force's four Boeing KC-137 (707) tanker/transports, the use of which has been hampered by low availability rates over the last few years, the KC-X programme was fast-tracked early this year. © Airbus Military Problems...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Boeing Likely To Lose WTO Ruling [company received illegal subsidies]

    09/15/2010 11:17:34 AM PDT · by wolf78 · 21 replies
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL WSJ.com ^ | Sep. 15, 2010 | Michaels, Daniel and Miller, John W.
    BRUSSELS—The World Trade Organization is likely to rule Wednesday that Boeing Co. received some illegal subsidies from the U.S. government, said people familiar with the case, fueling the debate with European rival Airbus and opening the door to negotiations on state support to plane makers. The preliminary, confidential WTO finding will come more than one year after the WTO ruled in a similar case that Airbus had benefited from illegal European subsidies. The European Union alleges that Boeing benefited from some $24 billion in tax breaks, research aid and export rebates from U.S. federal and state governments. Boeing officials say...
  • Nine Million Gallon Fuel Tanker Runs Aground In Canada

    09/02/2010 1:28:59 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies
    The Business Insider ^ | 9-2-1010 | Gus Lubin
    Nine Million Gallon Fuel Tanker Runs Aground In Canada Gus Lubin Sep. 2, 2010, 4:14 PM Canadian Coast Guard says 9 million gallon fuel tanker has run aground in the northwest passage, reports CBC. Another disaster? Intial reports say no oil is leaking: "The coast guard ship Henry Larsen has just entered the area. I believe it's at anchor just off of Gjoa Haven as we speak," Larry Trigatti, an environmental response official with the coast guard, told CBC News on Thursday afternoon. "It's monitoring the situation by helicopter. As you can imagine, there are some shoals in the area,...
  • 'Terror blast' hit Japanese tanker in Gulf strait(UAE authorities found evidence)

    08/06/2010 4:45:38 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    AFP ^ | 08/06/10
    'Terror blast' hit Japanese tanker in Gulf strait by Mohamed Hasni Mohamed Hasni 1 hr 33 mins ago DUBAI (AFP) – An explosives-laden boat carried out a "terrorist attack" that damaged a Japanese oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz last week, the United Arab Emirates, where the ship docked for repairs, said on Friday. "The investigation and examination conducted by special teams have shown the tanker was attacked with explosives, prepared using traditional methods, which were loaded on a boat that approached the ship," a UAE coastguard spokesman said on the official WAM news agency. "UAE explosives experts... found...
  • Militants claim suicide bomb attack on Japan tanker

    08/05/2010 4:58:37 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 17 replies
    AFP ^ | Wed Aug 4, 5:10 am ET
    TOKYO (AFP) – Militant jihadists have claimed that a suicide bomber blew himself up on a Japanese oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz last week, the US monitoring group SITE said. Mitsui OSK Lines had previously reported that one of its tankers, the M Star, appeared to have been hit by an explosion July 28 in the waterway between Iran and Oman. SITE said the Brigades of Abdullah Azzam claimed in a message on jihadist websites that it had placed a suicide bomber on the tanker, identifying him as Ayyub al-Taishan. It said the attack was carried out in...
  • Tanker award to slip to 2011?

    08/03/2010 3:06:33 PM PDT · by MHalblaub · 5 replies · 6+ views
    Leeham News and Comment ^ | August 2, 2010 | leehamnet
    Will AF tanker award be delayed again? Analyst Scott Hamilton has this interesting post about the possibility of the U.S. Air Force aerial refueling tanker contest award slipping to 2012. The Air Force is expected to name a winner of the $35 billion contest between the Boeing Co., EADS and duo U.S. Aerospace and Antonov later this year. The award date already has slipped from late summer to Nov. 12 (a slide the Air Force initially denied). [...]
  • 'No US, coalition vessels near Japan tanker'

    07/29/2010 3:47:29 AM PDT · by fenderfeeder · 10 replies
    Khaleej Times Online ^ | 29 July 2010, 2:23 PM
    There were no U.S. Navy or maritime coalition vessels near a Japanese supertanker damaged in an incident in the Strait of Hormuz, a Fifth Fleet spokesman said. Asked if there were any U.S. navy or coalition vessels close to the supertanker at the time, he said: “No, there were none close to the ship ... none of our vessels were involved.”
  • Tanker damaged in explosion near Oman - Japan govt

    07/28/2010 2:08:14 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jul 28, 2010
    It quoted the company as saying the explosion may have been caused by an outside attack. There was no leakage of oil from the tanker, which had 16 Filipino and 15 Indian crew members on board.
  • 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....
  • Russia needs more flying tankers for its Air Force

    07/08/2010 7:31:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 08/07/2010 | Ilya Kramnik
    Russia needs more flying tankers for its Air Force Topic: Vostok 2010 Operation and Strategic Training Russia's flying tanker Il-78, Su-24 fighter and Yak-130 The inter-theater redeployment of aircraft during Vostok-2010 was one of the key events of the strategic war games, which end today. The Su-24 Fencer and Su-34 Fullback tactical bombers used midair refueling to fly to the Russian Far East. In-flight refueling, routinely used by the world's leading powers, including the United States and NATO countries, allows for the quick build-up of air power in a given zone of conflict. To efficiently implement that maneuver, a country...
  • The Free Trade Air Force? [Buy a tanker, already.]

    07/06/2010 5:43:29 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 41 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | July 6, 2010 | Jed Babbin
    For nearly a decade the Air Force has been trying to replace its Eisenhower-era fleet of refueling tanker aircraft. It has failed twice in rather spectacular fashion. Once because a senior Boeing executive bribed an Air Force procurement chief with a job offer. And once because the Air Force broke federal contracting rules to award the contract to Boeing's competitor (then a Northrop Grumman–European Aerospace Defense Systems consortium) for a too-large and too-slow Airbus aircraft. And the double failures were due, in part, to the malign influence of Sen. John McCain (R?-AZ), who has been to the Air Force what...
  • Sharpshooter’s WWII memories still sharp Wartime experiences still vivid for Upton man

    05/31/2010 8:42:39 AM PDT · by pabianice · 2 replies · 452+ views
    Woecester (MA) Telegram ^ | 5/31/10 | Boynton
    Once you were assigned to a tank, you ate on it, you slept on it, you guarded it. -- alfred consigli UPTON, MA — Alfred Consigli opened a worn leather case and pulled out a delicate datebook from 1943. “I have a lot of girls’ names in here,” the 86-year-old said with a smile. More than that, in there is a day-to-day history of where he was in England, France, Germany and Australia in 1943, the year he was drafted into the Army. “Everything happens for a reason,” said Mr. Consigli. In the living room of his small house in...
  • Russian forces seize oil tanker from Somali pirates

    05/07/2010 5:18:13 AM PDT · by Cvengr · 20 replies · 862+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | May 6, 4:32 pm ET | Ludmila Danilova
    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian forces seized a hijacked Russian oil tanker from Somali pirates and rescued its crew in a helicopter-backed operation in the Gulf of Aden on Thursday that killed one of the pirates, authorities said. The 10 other pirates who captured the China-bound MV Moscow University with 23-member crew and a cargo of crude oil worth $52 million surrendered and were taken to a nearby warship. Investigators initially announced plans to bring the pirates to Moscow for prosecution, but later backtracked, saying no final decision had been taken. However, state-run news agency RIA Novosti quoted an unnamed defense...
  • Oh Boy, Russian Navy Gives Hell To Somali Pirates

    05/06/2010 9:01:11 AM PDT · by blam · 43 replies · 1,872+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 5-6-2010 | John Helmer
    Oh Boy, Russian Navy Gives Hell To Somali Pirates John Helmer May. 6, 2010, 10:42 AM The Russian Navy announced Thursday morning that its anti-submarine destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov had successfully liberated the Novoship oil tanker, Moscow University; released its 23-man crew unharmed; and killed or captured the Somali pirates who had boarded the vessel yesterday 800 kms off the coast of Somalia. The tanker had been under way with a cargo of crude bound for China. The 86,000-tonnes of oil on board remains secure, without fire or spill. This is the fourth success in four deployments by the Russian Navy...
  • Russian tanker freed from Somali pirates, crew unscathed, 1 pirate killed

    05/06/2010 2:29:07 AM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 31 replies · 1,112+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 06/05/2010
    Russian sailors from the large anti-submarine ship Marshal Shaposhnikov on Thursday freed a Russian tanker hijacked by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden, a high-ranking official from the maritime coalition forces has reported. Some of the 10 detained pirates were injured. One pirate was killed during the assault operation held by Russian sailors. The Somali pirates involved in hijacking the Russian Moscow University tanker will be sent to Moscow for proceedings, a Russian Investigative Committee spokesman said on Thursday.