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.
By VAGO MURADIAN
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.