Proposals for the KC-X contract are not due until July 8, contract award is not scheduled until October-November and the political fall-out no matter who wins hasn’t even begun to start.
But EADS North America may already be hiring production staff for the KC-45 tanker in anticipation of a contract award.
A job advertisement for an Air Vehicle Director posted on May 14 doesn’t specifically say it’s for KC-X. But the job description says it involves converting “a civil aircraft into a missionized military aircraft“. The job also will start at EADS NA’s headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, then shift permanently to Mobile, Alabama. If that’s not about KC-X, our friends at EADS have some very interesting explaining to do.
In case anybody wants to apply, here are the job duties:
· Staff, lead and manage a robust Air Vehicle Team· Develop and deploy Air Vehicle management and engineering processes, procedures, techniques and tools to ensure comprehensive practices for the entire product life cycle· Advise senior management on progress, issues, and impediments to Air Vehicle development/production· Assist the Systems Engineering Integration and Test (SEIT) Team in the conduct of trade studies to define implementations and alternatives that account for all program variables· Anticipate program disruptive events and redeploy resources as necessary to minimize impact· Coordinate with other program organizations and ensure that the various organizations remain coordinated· Ensure that overall customer requirements are met within cost and schedule constraints
· Establish, manage and coordinate a modification capability for the missionization production activities