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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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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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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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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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Tanker battle heats up with EADS smack-talk

EADS North America, newly-unmuzzled as their own prime contractor for KC-X, has gone on attack. Bullet-style talking points circulated to allies in Congress — and obtained by this blog — reveal a level of aggression never quite shown by EADS’ former overlords at Northrop Grumman. The one page set of talking points, for example, takes […]

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VIDEO: EADS announced KC-X tanker bid

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