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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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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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Advanced Hawkeye takes on those AEW jets

Northrop’s E-2 Hawkeye is operated by seven customers, only two of which have aircraft carriers. More countries operate the “Hummer” than any one of the other AEW platforms, but the E-2 is regarded as a niche player within a niche market. Almost every other aircraft flies faster, goes higher and stays up longer, but for […]

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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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Northrop takes tailless approach to future airlifter

My former colleague Guy Norris has a story in Aviation Week about Northrop Grumman’s future airlifter work with the US Air Force Research Laboratory. I can’t link to his story, but here’s the gist: Northrop is proposing a tailless flying wing with powered-lift system for AFRL’s Speed Agile technology demonstration to refine the concept of […]

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Flying sideways

DARPA has posted a video of the planned Oblique Flying Wing X-plane demonstrator on its website. The animation shows the tailless flying wing sweeping smoothly from 0 degrees to 65 degrees as it accelerates from Mach 0.6 to Mach 1.2. It looks surprisingly real – down to the wobbly “camera” tracking – and deceptively simple. […]

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Northrop’s “Scaled Works”

Northrop Grumman is to become the full owner of Burt Rutan’s Scaled Composites, which has been acting as a rapid-prototyping “Skunk Works” for the US defence giant. Northrop has owned 40% of Mojave, California-based Scaled since 2003, and the links between the companies have become more evident recently. This is not the first change of […]

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