Tag Archives | KC-X

Why the KC-46A is like Heinz ketchup

Do good things really come to those who wait?In terms of the KC-X acquisition process, Defense analyst James Hasik writes that the answer is a qualified “yes”. Eight years later, Boeing’s proposed offer in 2010 beat the price tag on the infamous 2002 lease deal by about $16 million per aircraft, he writes. But he […]

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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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Top 3: Notes from CSBA’s press conference on DOD budget

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Analysis hosted a press conference about the Fiscal 2012 defense budget this morning. CSBA Senior Fellow Todd Harrison‘s full analysis is posted online here. Below are some notes from the press conference: 1. Avoiding the F-35 death spiral — Harrison’s position on the DOD’s $380 billion F-35 program is […]

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LIVE coverage of KC-X tanker hearing at 0930

<a href=”http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=7d13d6f51f” >Live: KC-X tanker Senate hearing</a>

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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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What tanker shortfall?

The US military has 93 fewer aerial refueling aircraft than it needs, yet avoids describing the gap as a “shortfall” in a self-published report specifically aimed at identifying capability deficits, according to a new report by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO).The GAO report is a critique of the Mobility Capabilities Requirements Study-2016 (MCRS-16), which […]

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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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