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New power lobby emerges for KC-X split buy

Source: http://www.buildthemboth.ccm Just when you might think the “split buy” idea for KC-X is dead and buried, it seems to be back today. A self-described non-partisan coalition called American Jobs Now! has launched a well-funded push on Capitol Hill called “Build Them Both”. This is not a fly-by-night lobby group. Carrie Giddens, formerly communications director […]

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KC-X RFP Countdown: 15 more days?

The US Air Force presolicitation notice for KC-X issued yesterday does nothing to address the issues behind the Northrop Grumman/EADS team’s threats to withdraw from round 3 of the competition. (Read my full article about the notice.)We’ll find out for sure in on February 24. The presolicitation notice says only that the final request for […]

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Israel unveils the scandal-free KC-767 tanker

I write about the KC-X tanker competition, so I naturally think that building a tanker is a complex undertaking requiring at least one decade to sign a contract, and at least two major acquisition scandals followed by a political stalemate and a transatlantic trade war.But it’s refreshing to remember that there are still some parts […]

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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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SECDEF Gates: “We would like to see competition continue in this process”

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, questions Secretary of Defense Robert Gates about the KC-X competition. Sessions represents Mobile, Alabama, the site of Northrop Grumman’s proposed final assembly center for the KC-45 tanker. Northrop has threatened to withdraw from the competition unless Gates’ staff makes several key changes to the request for proposals (RFP).

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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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Boeing’s KC-X bid won’t go hiking on Appalachian Trail

Boeing decided last week to move the second 787 production line to Charleston, South Carolina. As a primarily military aviation journalist, I, of course, immediately wondered what this means for Boeing’s KC-X tanker bid. (I apparently wasn’t the only one.) The 787 move to Charleston potentially shifts South Carolina’s GOP-leaning political delegation into the pro-Boeing […]

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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 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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