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KC-X protest – Boeing building up steam

Boeing has just issued a “tanker factors” backgrounder [download file] giving its take on the US Air Force’s assessment of its KC-X tanker bid against the five evaluation criteria. It suggests Boeing is narrowing in on reasons for protesting the award of the contract to Northrop and Airbus. Basically it says: Mission capability: Boeing’s bid […]

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The latest on Boeing and KC-X

Boeing has just come out of its debriefing (7 March) with the US Air Force and issued this statement : “We spent several hours with Air Force leaders, listening and probing, all in an effort to better understand the reasoning behind their decisions,” said Mark McGraw, Boeing vice president and program manager of the KC-767 […]

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Boeing and KC-X – to protest or not to protest?

I’m going to stick my neck out and predict Boeing will not protest the award of the KC-X tanker contract to Northrop and Airbus. Boeing gets debriefed by the US Air Force today (7 March) and will decide over the weekend whether to protest. But I don’t think they will find anything to fault in […]

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Countdown to KC-X – Northrop takes its turn

Welcome back to KC-Xtown. Tuesday opened with both sides taking shots at each other’s Monday announcements: EADS’s commitment to assemble A330 Freighters in Mobile if Northrop’s KC-30 wins; and Boeing’s release on the KC-767′s fuel burn. The latter raised some eyebrows and generated some pithy comment in the blogosphere, including Steve Trimble on The DEW […]

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Countdown to KC-X – Boeing puts its case

Boeing and Northrop Grumman have submitted their final bids, and the KC-X competition is moving into its final weeks – we fervently hope. The PR onslaught hasn’t stopped, however, with Northrop making an 11th-hour commitment to assemble the Airbus A330 Freighter in Mobile, Alabama if the USAF picks its KC-30. Boeing retaliated with a study […]

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KC-767 – Boeing’s Lego tanker

More details of the competitors for the US Air Force’s KC-X tanker requirement are emerging as the contest gets down to the wire. Northrop Grumman now says it will likely switch the KC-30 from a converted passenger A330-200 to an A330-200F freighter if it wins. Meanwhile Boeing plans to assemble its USAF KC-767 Lego-style from […]

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KC-Airbus vs KC-Boeing

Based on a Seattle Times report, Airbus-vs-Boeing pundit Scott Hamilton speculates on his website www.leeham.net that changes made by Boeing to its KC-767 for the US Air Force’s KC-X tanker competition may actually improve the chances of the rival Airbus A330-based KC-30. Hamilton’s argument revolves around the newspaper’s report from Paris that the “KC-767 Advanced” […]

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