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India picks A330 tanker – again

Airbus Military earlier this week confirmed what lndian media reports had suggested late last year – that its A330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) has been selected by the nation’s air force for the second time. Pitted against the Ilyushin Il-78MK, seven of which are already flown by the Indian air force, the modified A330 (Airbus […]

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UK’s next A330 tanker ready for conversion

Yesterday I wrote from Airbus Military’s Getafe site near Madrid about a change of conversion plan for the UK’s next (and fifth) A330 Voyager tanker/transport, and lo and behold, look what I saw taking to the air in Toulouse today, but the very same aircraft. Airbus expects the “green” widebody to arrive in Getafe towards […]

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Are Airbus’ ethics now in question?

Airbus’ now-public intelligence brief about the 787 must raise some questions about the company’s code of ethics. Of course, collecting intelligence on a competitor is not unethical — it’s smart, and all companies do it. But there are lines and standards. As a competitor, Airbus’ practice of re-publishing Boeing’s clearly-marked proprietary data — even internally […]

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Top 5 KC-Ex questions

Secretary of Defense Bob Gates canceled the KC-X solicitation. That means the next administration must start over from the beginning. The bidding teams can’t simply dust off their current proposals and re-submit. The US Air Force must instead go back to the drawing boarding and begin anew the solicitation process. If the previous round is […]

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Tanker questions: GEnx upgrade for KC-30? KC-747 vs KC-A380?

Two good questions have come in about my post yesterday. I’ll do my best to answer them, but I’d be interested to hear other views as well.Keesje asks: Two years ago GE was proposing the GENX for future A330 freighter and tanker applications, as reported by flightglobal.The A330F has more engine ground clearance then the […]

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Proposed names for KC-45A, via AirSpace

Nominations so far on AirSpace discussion forum: ‘Boeing KC-767A’ ‘Flirty Thirty’ ‘Mobile home’ [...re the Alabama assembly line] ‘Fortress Europe’ ‘Fruit of the boom’ ‘Just desserts’

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