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Boeing finally talks spec’s on KC-767 NewGen Tanker

I have badgered Boeing executives unsuccessfully for more than a year to reveal the configuration of the KC-767 NewGen Tanker. Perhaps never before has so little been known about such a high-profile product. Boeing has only offered that the new tanker would based on the fuselage of the 767-200 and the cockpit would be upgraded […]

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BREAKING: Sean O’Keefe aboard aircraft that crashed in Alaska

4:10: EADS North America has released a new statement: “It was with a great sense of relief and gratitude that we learned that Sean, and his son, Kevin, survived the aircraft crash in Alaska. We extend our deepest sympathy to the families of those less fortunate in this terribleaccident. We owe a debt of gratitude […]

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The contents in this photo could be worth $35 billion

Teasing reporters assembled for a press conference/lunch, EADS North America piled 17 binders full of the company’s 8,000-page proposal for the KC-X contract on the table behind my chair. Most annoyingly, the binders were taped shut. A spokesman thumbed through one of the apparently least sensitive binders (way too briskly, I might add) in my […]

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Italian M346 becomes American T-100

Alenia North America is quietly previewing a new marketing blitz to bolster the M346 Master’s bid to replace the Northrop T-38 Talon as the US Air Force’s next advanced jet trainer.The online campaign, rolled out on Alenia NA’s web site earlier this week, rebrands the Italian M346 as the “T-100 integrated training system (ITS)“.Although EADS […]

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EADS already counting its KC-X chickens?

Proposals for the KC-X contract are not due until July 8, contract award is not scheduled until October-November and the political fall-out no matter who wins hasn’t even begun to start.But EADS North America may already be hiring production staff for the KC-45 tanker in anticipation of a contract award. A job advertisement for an […]

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EADS UH-72 shows how ‘green fields’ can work

The US Army received its 100th UH-72 Lakota yesterday with an atypically lavish delivery ceremony. Dignitaries gathered inside the EADS North America hangar on the outskirts of Columbus, Mississippi, included Governor Haley Barber and even his wife. A real Lakota Indian chief attended (er, with apologies to General Custer), and he fully endorsed his tribe’s […]

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How long before UH-72 gets militarized?

Early tomorrow I board an airplane to Columbus, Mississippi. A proud community, Columbus boasts the birthplace of playwright Tennessee Williams and the world’s largest toilet seat factory. It also happens to be the manufacturing home of the UH-72 Lakota, a beachhead for EADS’ North American expansion. I’m going down south because EADS has invited journalists […]

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Who needs Northrop Grumman anyway?

While we’re all waiting for Northrop Grumman to decide whether it wants to play, let’s consider what could happen if they don’t submit a bid for the $35 billion tanker contract.In the absence of a Northrop-led proposal, what would stop EADS North America from submitting its own bid for the KC-X deal?I can think of […]

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KC-X RFP Countdown: 15 more days?

The US Air Force presolicitation notice for KC-X issued yesterday does nothing to address the issues behind the Northrop Grumman/EADS team’s threats to withdraw from round 3 of the competition. (Read my full article about the notice.)We’ll find out for sure in on February 24. The presolicitation notice says only that the final request for […]

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NEW VIDEO: Who wins KC-X battle of the B-roll?

Northrop Grumman KC-45 partner EADS North America showed new video of the Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) during a press conference last week. They kindly provided me the video. Now we can decide: which potential KC-X bidder has released the better B-roll? (And, of course, should this be factored into the US Air Force’s […]

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