Archive | February, 2008

KC-X Countdown: Surprise! Northrop/EADS win

Well, so much for conventional wisdom … Here’s Boeing’s statement: We were just informed that our KC-767 Advanced Tanker proposal was not selected in the KC-135 Replacement Program known as KC-X. Obviously we are very disappointed with this outcome. We believe that we offered the Air Force the best value and lowest risk tanker for […]

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KC-X Countdown: Announcement at 5 pm

You can view the US Air Force announcement by tuning in here at 5 pm: www.pentagonchannel.com

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More B-2A crash speculation

You can look this one up. See FY 09 budget request, justification materials, US Air Force, Aircraft procurement-Vol. 2, page 71. You’ll find on that page a detailed description for not one, but two potential mechanical problems that could cause a B-2A to crash. Here’s a sampling (read highlighted text): The problem is caused by […]

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KC-X Countdown: When tankers go bad

You can view this as a metaphor for the post-contract award protest stage, or just watch for a few laughs. Thanks to The Woracle for the clip.

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KC-X Countdown: The view from Wall Street

As of about 1:30 pm: Northrop Grumman stock was trading up 2.49%. Boeing stock was trading down 0.49%.

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KC-X Countdown: Malaysia gets the scoop, EADS “wins”

As reported yesterday by the Malaysia Sun:

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KC-X Countdown: The view from Mobile

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B-2 crash revives memory of 1990 scandal

It’s not unfair to view the first crash of the Northrop Grumman B-2A as a testament to the stealth bomber’s admirable safety record. How many other advanced aircraft designs have avoided a single non-combat related accident after two decades in service? (Nope, I can’t think of one either.) But the crash offers a good excuse […]

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SABR = Stop AESAs by Raytheon

The scorecard for active electronically scanned arrays (AESAs) in development for Lockheed Martin F-16s now reads: 2 candidates, 0 customers. This blog reported about the first candidate last summer. The Raytheon Active Next-Generation Radar (RANGR) first came to light in a marketing brochure. Its existence means Raytheon is challenging Northrop Grumman’s near-monopoly grip on F-16 […]

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This week in Flight International

My other job is writing for Flight International magazine. And I’m in full-time training mode this week, which, alas, leaves me with even less time to blog (by the way, is “to blog” officially a verb, yet?). So allow me to fill some space here this week the easy way — by pirating copy I […]

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