Michel Merluzeau and the folks at G2 Solutions today break down the KC-X competition as thoroughly as possible without charging you a consulting fee.
Their verdict for the KC-X winner: split buy.
Here’s a snippet, but go read G2′s full report here: http://g2globalsolutions.com/blog.html.
Read the signs: what is the best way for the Air Force to avoid a costly, time consuming, emotionally charged and at the end of the day entirely wasteful protest? Split buy.
IF NGC-EADS wins tanker or even a small portion of it, then Mobile is a go. KC-30s will be assembled there and it is likely that the 330Fs will soon follow. This location thus becomes sustainable for a minimum of ten years, more with orders from the US based package carriers. This would give ample time to Airbus to design a utilization strategy for the facility based around either cargo markets or its new narrowbody aircraft scheduled for production between 2015-2020.