You could view this as a reflection of our increasingly globalized defense trade. Perhaps it’s even a clue about the next move for the Northrop/EADS partnership.
It’s a Spanish-language copy of the infamous Northrop Grumman/EADS “spider chart” that apparently proved so persuasive to the US Air Force.
The photo below was snapped in the exhibit hall of Chile’s FIDAE air show last week. The anonymous photographer kindly uploaded the shot on his Flickr page.
The Spanish-language chart also adds to the original by inserting the A310 MRTT into the comaprison. It surprises me by comparing fairly well against the KC-767, at least in terms of overall performance.
Chile’s air force has a need to replace its aging Boeing 707-based tanker fleet. Either the Northrop/EADS team or EADS alone is already hoping to transfer their KC-X win into a new contract in South America.
Here is the original spider chart, in English: