KC-X RFP Countdown: 15 more days?

The US Air Force presolicitation notice for KC-X issued yesterday does nothing to address the issues behind the Northrop Grumman/EADS team’s threats to withdraw from round 3 of the competition. (Read my full article about the notice.)

We’ll find out for sure in on February 24. The presolicitation notice says only that the final request for proposals will be released no earlier than February 23, but Boeing’s tanker blog today says the company plans to begin the RFP response process in 15 days.

Here’s Northrop’s full statement in response to the presolicitation notice:


During the previous competition, the tanker final RFP was structured so that both competitors were convinced they could compete and win the contract.

Northrop Grumman feels that the draft RFP, as structured, fails the test of true competition and, without a responsive set of changes, is not an

RFP to which Northrop Grumman can respond.  

Northrop Grumman looks forward to the receipt of the new final RFP in the coming weeks and hopes the RFP will be structured so that, again, it allows both competitors to believe they can compete fairly and win. 

See also:

Northrop pressures USAF on KC-X criteria

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4 Responses to KC-X RFP Countdown: 15 more days?

  1. Dave 9 February, 2010 at 11:13 pm #

    I say the USAF and DOD should just tell Northrop Grumman (and their lapdog Shelby- seriously 70 holds for his pork.) to stick it where the sun don’t shine.

  2. XBradTC 10 February, 2010 at 7:40 am #

    This is stupid when we’ve got contractors driving the procurement process.

    The point of the program is to buy tankers, not give both contractors a warm fuzzy feeling about their ability to win.

    If the AF had done a sole source contract 10 years ago with Boeing, the birds would be on the ramp, and we’d have likely have saved more money than has been spent already.

  3. glider 10 February, 2010 at 1:48 pm #

    procurement is taking more than expected?
    oh never mind, here in italy we’re still long waiting for our KC767s, you can enjoy some more RFP waltz piroettes.
    it looks like tankers need more than 4 years from contract to delivery. ;)

  4. EG 10 February, 2010 at 9:20 pm #

    The interesting requirement in the presolicitation notice was the FAA certification of both the aircraft and integrated military systems. Talk about a potential cost driver! What are they thinking?

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