EADS North America, newly-unmuzzled as their own prime contractor for KC-X, has gone on attack. Bullet-style talking points circulated to allies in Congress — and obtained by this blog — reveal a level of aggression never quite shown by EADS’ former overlords at Northrop Grumman.
The one page set of talking points, for example, takes aim at the reliability of their rival’s refueling equipment: “Boeing’s KC-767 boom doesn’t meet the Air Force’s requirement, and its hose pods don’t work. So far only their art department has fixes.” [Ouch.]
And this: “An aircraft that has never been built is not ‘combat ready’.” [Zing.]
Talking points are intended to guide friendly lawmakers as they make public comments on issues.
Read the full list of talking points on the jump.
· Our aircraft is real, provenand ready today. It is competing against an unproven design that has never beenbuilt or flown.
- Boeing wants to make thediscussion about anything other than tankers, because they don’t have one.
- The Air Force shouldn’t have totake an expensive gamble on an aircraft that only exists on paper.
- If staying on cost and onschedule matter, buy an aircraft that’s flying now, proven and ready. Buy theKC-45.
- Unlike Boeing, the aircraft wehave flying today meets the Air Force’s requirements NOW, without years ofredesign and development.
- An aircraft that has never beenbuilt is not “combat ready.”
- Boeing’s KC-767 boom doesn’tmeet the Air Force’s requirement, and its hose pods don’t work. So far onlytheir art department has fixes.
- An award to Boeing is a gamblewith taxpayer money and the warfighter’s future.
· The KC-45 will be made in
- Our aircraft will create andsupport American aerospace jobs across the country at a time when Boeing issending jobs overseas.
- Our aircraft is an investmentin the future of
- We’re fighting to build up the
- EADS supports 200,000 Americanjobs and contributes $11 billion to the
- We believe in the Americanworker. Our tanker will be built in
- We will not only build theKC-45 here in
· We are a proven and trustedprime contractor, with a model program that is on time and on budget.
- We have proven our reliabilityas prime contractor for the Army’s UH-72A Light Utility Helicopter, identifiedby the Defense Department as one of its Top Five performing programs.
- We have delivered every Lakota- more than a hundred so far – on time and on budget. We deliver more thanpromises.
- We are a trusted corporatecitizen, providing aircraft and defense technologies to every branch of ourarmed services.
- As the largest aerospacecompany in the world, EADS has unequalled experience and expertise.
· We have built the best planeat the best value. The warfighter and taxpayer deserve the best.
- This is the best plane, withmore of everything that matters to the warfighter: more fuel, more range, moreefficiency, more cargo, more passengers.
· “More” means greater efficiencyand lower operating cost across missions
· “More” means flexibility inmission planning AND in the air
· “More” can be the differencebetween a pilot flying home or having to eject.
- Our aircraft will transform howthe tanker fleet operates and save money.
- Our warfighters should neverhave to settle for second best. Never in our history have we willfully giventhem the lesser capability. Now is no time to start.
- Boeing is afraid to competeairplane against airplane. That’s why they are trying so hard to deprive theAir Force of competitive choice.
- Our aircraft has won the lastfive head-to-head competitions with Boeing tankers, and is in production forfour nations.
- We have the industrial know-howto build tankers anywhere in the world.