VIDEO: EADS NA chief Ralph Crosby breaks down both KC-X bids

In a press conference today, EADS North America chairman Ralph Crosby breaks down his analysis of the key factors for both bids in the KC-X competition. He candidly acknowledges the KC-767 has a slight advantage with military construction savings and lifecycle fuel burn costs. Crosby’s KC-45 has an “opportunity” to win on price, he says, which the company lowered in a final price revision.

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5 Responses to VIDEO: EADS NA chief Ralph Crosby breaks down both KC-X bids

  1. John S. 16 February, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    Are the slides available anywhere?

  2. K 16 February, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    It will be interesting to see how this contest turns out. It may well set a precedent for “buying foreign” for the rest of the century. In the future there may well be only one “American” defense contractor and a host of foreign subsidiaries to supply the military with weapons. Which in itself will have geopolitical implications.

  3. aeroxavier 16 February, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    we are going to see the american protectionism for sure

  4. Royce 16 February, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

    Amazing that their price would come in lower than KC-767. An A330 green aircraft is a substantially bigger, more expensive aircraft than the 767. Raises the question on whether Airbus will make much profit in the deal. If they insist on giving the planes away at near cost, that’s going to be tough for Boeing to beat. It may be a good thing for Boeing’s shareholders if Boeing loses the contract.

  5. Jim 17 February, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

    Boeing and Airbus are both short on engineering personnel to spare on the tanker. This could be a situation where the winner loses, and the loser wins.

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