VIDEO: Murtha calls for “dual buy” on KC-X

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10 Responses to VIDEO: Murtha calls for “dual buy” on KC-X

  1. EG 30 January, 2009 at 4:27 pm #

    Once again, politcal influence in a purchase that should be decided based strictly on the merits of the offers.

    A mixed buy would be benefical only if one of the aircraft fails to meet specs. Otherwise the logistics tail and costs will be higher then with one airframe.

    (Unless of course each of the contenders offers unique charcterstics that compliment each other.)

  2. Stephen Trimble 30 January, 2009 at 4:30 pm #

    A dual-buy seems only justifiable as a political solution. From a cost standpoint, isn’t it a lose-lose? You lose the price benefits from competition, and the cost efficiency of sole-sourcing.

  3. EG 30 January, 2009 at 5:50 pm #

    Stephen,
    That’s the beauty of our procurement system, common sense is notably absent and in most cases you can make a safe bet that political expedience will trump it. How much you want to bet Murtha got a contribution from EADs? (I hope I’m wrong and his motivations are not fiduciary.)

  4. Jimmy 30 January, 2009 at 10:22 pm #

    Well Stephen,

    If they mandate that both entries must use the same (or similar) engines, and have the same flight deck and flight characteristics, I’m sure Boeing & Airbus can work something out. And that would give you most of the single platform benefits as well. Call it “Smart Dual Buy”.

    Of course that would mean that the PM has to get involved with design details, which he may be too lazy to do, tho.

  5. airplanejim 30 January, 2009 at 10:27 pm #

    Good call Murtha! You only double the cost of maintenance, spares and training. Not to mention that mechanics and pilots can’t move between aircraft. We solved this problem on the C-130AMP and Murtha wants to go back. Change you can believe in. Perhaps he can have the GITMO detainees assemble the Airbag tanker in his congressional district. He already asked that the detainees be housed in Pa.

  6. Stephen Trimble 30 January, 2009 at 11:22 pm #

    Common engine would be a good start. Common flight deck and flight characteristics is a big non-starter.

  7. sferrin 1 February, 2009 at 3:19 am #

    With The Messiah now calling for a 10% cut in the defense budget you can just forget two tankers and pray we even get one.

  8. EG 2 February, 2009 at 9:23 pm #

    Should I bothered that Rep. Murtha has received campaign contributions from EADS?

  9. airplanejim 3 February, 2009 at 5:38 am #

    “Should I bothered that Rep. Murtha has received campaign contributions from EADS?”

    Aw come on, the next thing you will be saying is that President Obama is appointing tax dodgers to his cabinet.

  10. Stephen Trimble 3 February, 2009 at 11:25 am #

    Ha! Yes, Rep Murtha can be fairly described as an equal opportunity fundraiser from defense companies. Google (or search on this blog) the phrase “Murtha-fest”.

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