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Gallois rules out EADS tanker bid before May 10 deadline

EADS executives continue to decline comment on whether the company wants to submit an independent bid for the KC-X contract after Northrop Grumman’s decision on 8 March to withdraw from the competition. But one thing is now absolutely clear: It is “impossible” for EADS to submit a bid before the May 10 deadline imposed by […]

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KC-X: The Podcast

Tanker Wars – Round One of 2010 IAGblog Podcasts

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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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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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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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Headline typo sends “NG” tanker to Wichita – briefly

My Google alert for KC-X caused me a few moments of wild panic this morning. The headline for the Wichita Eagle story on my blackberry screen read: “ng would finish tankers in Wichita”. Stop the press! Briefly ignoring the weirdly lower-case “ng”, my mind instantly translated the headline as, “Northrop Grumman would finish tankers in […]

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VIDEO: Northrop KC-X tanker campaign ‘goes negative’

Watch Northrop’s full presentation in four parts on YouTube: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 (above) Part 4 Northrop Grumman hosted a press conference today to deliver a specific message: the company wants wholesale changes made to the US Air Force’s draft requirements for a KC-135R tanker replacement contract. If KC-X were a political campaign, […]

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KC-X: Does Lichte still want a “more” tanker?

When the US Air Force announced on February 29, 2008 that Northrop Grumman/EADS North America beat Boeing for the KC-X contract, a reporter asked the chief of Air Mobility Command — Gen Arthur Lichte — why. Here’s that exchange: Q: And just to follow, did size matter in this issue? I mean, the KC-30 istwice as […]

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VIDEO: Boeing KC-X tanker update

[YouTube may still be processing the video. Please check back in a few minutes if the video is not available.] Boeing’s top tanker executive, Dave Bowman, briefed the news media today about his company’s plans to compete for the KC-X tanker contract. Bowman’s presentation was actually a preview of Boeing’s tanker update next Tuesday for […]

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Gates turns KC-X into KC-Ex

Why does all the big KC-X news break while I’m sequestered at an unrelated press conference? I was just sitting down for a Pentagon media roundtable on the C-130 in June when the GAO upheld Boeing’s protest. And I was in the midst of a 3-hr briefing today by BAE Systems when the Secretary of […]

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