USAF says “Oops!”

The US Air Force has finally confirmed the KC-X tanker contract award will slip into early 2011. Also, according to the USAF, the delay has nothing to do with this new bombshell by Defense News editor Vago Muradian.

USAF Sent Bid Info to Wrong Tanker Rivals


Published: 19 Nov 2010 16:23

Earlier this month, the U.S. Air Force sent letters to rival planemakers about their bids for the $35 billion tanker contest – but it mixed them up, delivering its technical assessment of Boeing’s bid to EADS, and vice versa.

The mistake may imperil the service’s latest, bend-over-backwards effort to advance the 179-aircraft program, whose previous incarnation was dissolved after the Government Accountability Office ruled the service improperly gave the contract to EADS and Northrop Grumman.

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11 Responses to USAF says “Oops!”

  1. dude 20 November, 2010 at 2:10 am #

    A strategic and $35 billion “OOPS”….

  2. NICO 20 November, 2010 at 7:55 pm #

    Is it April fool’s day already? This can’t be true,right?

  3. aeroxavier 21 November, 2010 at 4:10 pm #

    they give just better info to boeing, because airbus have one better plane…

    i’m happy to see in the last 5 years one total problem in all military industry in USA.In the past you don’t have see prob like tanker, f-35, LCS…

    In last years, the f-22 was one god of the sky, the perfect and better airplane than was ever build.
    Today he was one plane who was stopped, he was very expensive,USA have no idea to deploy this plane, big enemy of america was country who have one shitty army (very old), the f-22 have difficult to follow one rafale, shoot by one mirage 2000-9.This furtive plane was one unnecessary plane

  4. 7K7 21 November, 2010 at 9:40 pm #

    Well, they have certainly made a step toward ensuring that both contenders have the ‘same information’ :-D

  5. aeroxavier 22 November, 2010 at 6:23 am #

    i very surprised in revelation. maybe i wrong too much on F-22 and Boeing tanker… they very nice aircrafts for USA and show America number one for many years in air…

    France need much learning from USA to make good planes which world buys. Maybe Mrs Sarkozy make good plane for France to beat F-22

  6. RobH 22 November, 2010 at 2:10 pm #

    Believe it or not, before the Air Force became the Chair Force, they really used to be a professional organization. Quit laughing, it’s true!

  7. jetcal1 22 November, 2010 at 4:28 pm #

    Just another day in the procurement world.

  8. Matt 22 November, 2010 at 6:03 pm #

    Maybe it’s time to revisit Kelly Johnson’s “Starve before doing business with the damned Navy. They don’t know what the hell they want and will drive you up a wall before they break either your heart or a more exposed part of your anatomy.”

    Replace Navy with Air Force nowadays…at least the Navy is getting their P8-A in a reasonable fashion.

  9. Amicus Curiae 22 November, 2010 at 6:24 pm #

    Can we stop fooling around now? There is no real desire in the Pentagon or the Congress to spend any procurement money on tankers when their precious F-35 is on the ropes financially. The tanker will become this year’s sacrifice on the JSF altar, joining the likes of the Presidential helicopter and the Raptor before it. Of course, there will be others, because the bill for the F-35 just keeps going up. Forget about circling the wagons on the tanker project. The fix is in. The F-35 is too big to fail, and they keep doubling down.

  10. dude 22 November, 2010 at 6:54 pm #

    Without adequate AAR replacement fleet,

    USAF might as well be called US “Grounded” Force by 2020.

    Between politics, industrial interest and military/strategic need, if Pentagon still can’t make up its mind, turn KCX into a multi-step purchase then.

    Indecision at times is a poor decision.


    Back to the point, why not deploy our troop the wrong way while we are at it? Just for future reference.

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