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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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Will EADS North America protest USAF error on KC-X?

EADS North America CEO Sean O’Keefe, who today made his first KC-X-related appearance since surviving a plane crash nearly four months ago, did not rule out the possibility of filing a protest over an apparent mistake earlier this month by the US Air Force that sent proprietary data to the wrong bidders. Andrea Shalal-Esa of […]

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USAF says “Oops!”

The US Air Force has finally confirmed the KC-X tanker contract award will slip into early 2011. Also, according to the USAF, the delay has nothing to do with this new bombshell by Defense News editor Vago Muradian. USAF Sent Bid Info to Wrong Tanker Rivals By VAGO MURADIAN Published: 19 Nov 2010 16:23 Earlier […]

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This tanker typo fits KC-X bidder’s profile

Wasn’t it weird enough that US Aerospace, a company nobody previously knew, joined the nearly 10-year-old KC-X competition one week before the bids were due, proposing two non-existent and one actual aircraft — and all three designed in post-Soviet Ukraine — and dispatching a bonded messenger with apparently vague instructions to deliver a $29 billion […]

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KC-X update: Antonov chief says ‘we’re in’

The US Air Force summarily rejected the US Aerospace/Antonov proposal in July for allegedly being turned in five minutes late, but head of the Ukrainian manufacturer says they’re still in the race. “We have not managed to officially register our participation, but the terms were prolonged following our request, and we will take part in […]

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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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This KC-767 winglet is whack

Boeing has revealed an all-new and unusually curved winglet on the KC-767 model prominently displayed in its exhibit booth at the AFA convention.But don’t get excited. The new winglet design is not accurate and is possibly just a model-shop mistake, Boeing officials insist. Although Boeing declined to reveal the true shape of the KC-767 tanker […]

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VIDEO: US Aerospace speaks to CNBC

This is a good interview by Jane Wells.

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KC-X competition hit by GAO protest

US Aerospace Inc could halt the KC-X tanker competition after filing a protest with the US Government Accountability Office. The California-based company says in a new regulatory filing that the US Air Force has tossed the company out of the competition for submitting a late bid. The fact that the bid is based on a […]

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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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