KC-X protest – Boeing still thinking

Boeing is still deliberating whether to protest the award of the USAF’s KC-X tanker contract to Northrop and Airbus, but has been kind enough to provide the world with an update – proving protests are as newsworthy as contracts. Here are some excerpts:

“As we have gone through this process it has become clearer that this competition was much closer than has been reported, and that raises the stakes if the process was flawed and unfair in any way,” said Mark McGraw [KC-767 program manager]. “We have serious concerns over inconsistency in requirements, cost factors and treatment of our commercial data.”

Some reports suggest the KC-767 bid was hurt by Boeing Commercial’s unwillingness to share spares pricing data in case it harmed its airline business. Boeing responds:

“It was clear from the Request for Proposals that the Air Force was seeking a commercial derivative tanker. However, by treating the Boeing offering as a military aircraft, the process by which the commercial cost/price data provided by Boeing Commercial Airplanes was evaluated has raised significant concerns,” McGraw said. “We provided unprecedented insight into Boeing commercial cost/price data…We believe this data was treated differently than our competitor’s information.”

And, on the subject of whether Boeing misread the requirements and offered the wrong size aeroplane:

“Our proposal was based on the stated criteria in the Air Force’s Request for Proposal, with a specific focus on providing operational tanker capability at low risk and the lowest total life cycle cost,” McGraw said. “We stand by our offering and believe that it did, and continues to, best meet the requirements.”

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2 Responses to KC-X protest – Boeing still thinking

  1. CharlieB 10 March, 2008 at 11:01 pm #

    If their proposal was based on the original criteria and the Air Force suddenly changed that criteria, then they should protest. Taxpayers, all of us, are entitled to a fair competition and if EADS did something to gain an unfair advantage (just like the subsides) well then Boeing should say something get everyone the fair deal they were promised.

  2. The Woracle 10 March, 2008 at 11:34 pm #

    Looks like they agree with you (see my latest post on KC-X)

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