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Pros & Cons: Armed scout rivals

The US Army officially remains undecided, but it’s not for a lack of options. There are instead plenty of potential heirs of the venerable OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, the army’s “interim” armed scout since the late-1960s. Here are some pro’s and con’s of the five main contenders in no particular order.1. Sikorsky S-97 RaiderPROs: The coaxial-rotor, […]

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VIDEO: Q&A of KC-X press conference inside Pentagon

Okay, let’s see you’re hands: Who guessed Boeing? I admit I had my money on split-buy right before the contract award announcement. With all the twists and turns in the KC-X acquisition story, I just assumed that something nobody expected would happen. Looks like I was wrong.Here’s the updated news story I posted on Flightglobal […]

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VIDEO: Inside the Pentagon at KC-X contract award

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What happens if EADS wins the KC-X contract?

What-if, what-if, what-if? Some people went to the Moon after asking that question. I just went to my blog. The KC-X contract could be awarded in days or perhaps weeks. I have no idea who will win or lose, but I think I’m ready to play out a what-if exercise. Please, let me know what […]

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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, […]

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VIDEO: Boeing’s Albaugh on KC-X contract award timing

Hopes of a KC-X contract award in February — raised only yesterday by EADS North America chief executive Sean O’Keefe — were quickly dampened. Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley invoked an inscrutable phrase to describe the current timing of the KC-135 replacement. After remarks at an Air Force Association breakfast, Donley told reporters […]

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Reports: EADS saw Boeing’s tanker bid data

The Seattle Times and the New York Times report today that EADS North America opened a computer file containing data about Boeing’s tanker bid. The US Air Force inadvertently sent the file to EADS. Boeing received a similar file containing data about EADS’ tanker proposal, but did not open it, according to the reports. In […]

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KC-X: The view from EADS

Before the press fired questions at Sean O’Keefe today, the EADS North America chief executive expounded on his views about the current state of the KC-X competition. It includes an update on the acquisition process and a couple of digs at his competitor Boeing. We’ll of course update the blog if Boeing chooses to provide […]

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Will EADS North America protest USAF error on KC-X?

EADS North America CEO Sean O’Keefe, who today made his first KC-X-related appearance since surviving a plane crash nearly four months ago, did not rule out the possibility of filing a protest over an apparent mistake earlier this month by the US Air Force that sent proprietary data to the wrong bidders. Andrea Shalal-Esa of […]

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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 By VAGO MURADIAN Published: 19 Nov 2010 16:23 Earlier […]

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