It’s a rough day to be an aerospace reporter. The juiciest story of the decade has been lost. EADS confirms that it will not compete for the Air Force One replacement contract. Read Flight’s news story. Here is the statement from EADS North America:
“In 2007 at the USAF’s request, EADS North America providedtechnical information and answered questions regarding several of our widebodycommercial aircraft as the service conducted its Analysis of Alternatives (AoA)to recapitalize the current fleet of presidential aircraft.
“EADS North America’s strategy for growth in the
USis based on bringing value to the USwarfighter; making industrial investments inthe and insourcing high technology defense and aerospace jobs. After carefulreview, we’ve determined that participation in the AF-1 program will not helpus meet these business objectives.” US
“Though the company will not respond to this RFI, we remainfocused on once again winning the KC-X competition with Northrop Grumman,delivering the UH-72A LUH to the US Army and meeting the needs of our USdefense and homeland security customers.
“We reiterate our strong commitment to the US Department ofDefense and to supporting the warfighter with our products and services.”
“Much like our refueling tankers, Air Force One should be made inAmerica on existing lines by the experts that already know how to dothe job right. Air Force One is no place for a government-backedforeign company to learn on the job. There is no need to build newplants or outsource this vital work all over the world. We need to doeverything we can to create jobs at home and keep the jobs we have andthis is another way we can keep that promise.”