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Northrop CEO writes Pentagon: No RFP changes, no KC-X bid

Northrop Grumman CEO Wes Bush today warned that the company will withdraw from the KC-X competition if the Pentagon refuses to make certain changes to the request for proposal.The letter is posted below and clearly contradicts a story by StreetInsider.com stating that Northrop has already dropped out of the competition. More on this later … […]

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KC-X fuel offload breakdown

Gen Arthur Lichte, chief of Air Mobility Command, probably put it best. When I asked Lichte two weeks ago if the US Air Force would change its “more is better” philosophy on fuel offload for the KC-X contract winner, Lichte replied: “Certainly, when you are talking about replacing a tanker, fuel is important.”The draft request […]

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Lockheed Martin partners with EADS on Army helicopter

Photo courtesy of EADS North America First, it was Northrop Grumman on KC-X. Then it was Sikorsky on light utility helicopter. Now, it’s Lockheed Martin for the armed scout helicopter. There’s no question about it: EADS North America is making quite a few friends on US soil. EADS, Lockheed Martin team up for Army helicopterFlightGlobal.com […]

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New EADS-Boeing US defense battle heating up

Flight’s European editor Niall O’Keefe confirmed yesterday that EADS North America will offer an armed version of the UH-72 light utility helicopter (LUH) for the armed reconnaissance helicopter contract. The ARH-72, a twin-engined version of the Eurocopter EC145, will likely battle the single-engine Boeing AH-6S Phoenix for the potentially $6 billion contract.Most interestingly, as Niall […]

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Sikorsky/Schweizer on ARH: We’re in

Sikorsky has confirmed they will respond to a US army “sources sought” notice for the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter re-competition. “Yes, we will be presenting both short- and long-term solutions,” a Sikorsky spokesman says. I didn’t even have to ask a follow up! “To your next question, I must decline to elaborate on those solutions,” he […]

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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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What’s Ralph Crosby’s next move?

Last Friday, myself and a few other reporters sat with Ralph Crosby on a round-trip flight to Columbus, Mississippi, and back. Crosby, CEO of EADS North America, wanted to show off his company’s scantly-covered factory where Eurocopter EC-145s will be assembled as UH-72s for the US Army. My purpose was related, but different. I wanted […]

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