It seems almost inevitable that things would come to this,
but Boeing will officially file a protest today citing its concerns over the
U.S. Air Force's decision to go with Northrop
Grumman/EADS's KC-45A tanker design. Even though the KC-45A, built on a
highly modified Airbus A330 airframe, appeared to win the contract based on its
superior performance on nearly every front, Boeing wants the Government
Accountability Office (GAO) to further investigate the decision.
The call for the GAO to review the Air Force's decision came
after Boeing was debriefed on the reasons why Northrop Grumman/EADA won the $35
billion contract two weeks ago.
"Our team has taken a very close look at the tanker
decision and found serious flaws in the process that we believe warrant
appeal," said Boeing Chief Jim McNerney yesterday in a press release.
"This is an extraordinary step rarely taken by our company, and one we
take very seriously."
"Based upon what we have seen, we continue to believe
we submitted the most capable, lowest risk, lowest Most Probable Life Cycle
Cost airplane as measured against the Air Force's Request for Proposal,"
McNerney continued. "We look forward to the GAO's review of the
Boeing was greatly displeased by the U.S. Air Force's decision
and goes on to state on many occasions its "75 years of unmatched
experience building tankers" and how it "offered the Air Force the
best value and lowest risk tanker for its mission".
Boeing was so enraged, in fact, that it issued a total of
five press releases relating to the tanker contract after the final decision
was handed down.
For its part, the Air Force is sticking by its decision to
go with the KC-45A design. The KC-45A simply offered "more passengers,
more cargo, more fuel to offload, more patients that we can carry, more
availability, more flexibility and more dependability," according to Air
Force Gen. Arthur Lichte.
It appears that Boeing and Northrop Grumman/EADA may be in
for a lengthy deliberation process as the GAO combs over the tanker program
details and the decision to select the KC-45A. It remains to be seen if the GAO
will buy Boeing's argument that the Air Force required the "bare minimum"
and nothing more which the U.S. aircraft giant did indeed provide compared to
quote: 85% of Boeing products will be made here. 15% outsourced.60% NGEADS products made here. 40% outsourced.
quote: I'm an aero engineer.
quote: The 767 line is winding down and has only a few more years to go before closing off completely (2012 at latest without KC767 orders from USAF).
quote: Boeing putting in an offer means Boeing are willing to make (effectively) bespoke parts for the USAF at a hideous price. That is NOT a good deal for the US taxpayer.
quote: The KC-135 costs a bundle to keep flying - hence why the USAF are desperate for new tankers.
quote: I don't know where you get this idea that the 767 has multiple tanker sales. Only Japan and Italy have bought the KC-767. Ironically you accuse me of spreading FUD while its you who is grossly incorrect!
quote: Yes, and I'm Mickey Mouse...
quote: Correction, 2016...
quote: Boeing has already committed to cost effectively supporting the 767 for the existing passenger fleet and will for the 767 tankers.
quote: Wrong again. The Air Force is desperate to replace the KC-135 because the air frames are aging beyond repair, not because parts are expensive...
quote: Do some more research...
quote: The GAO estimated the original Boeing contract would have cost them the far side of $30 billion.
quote: Unless you think a man running for president is going to lie about this.
quote: I love this argument. Your saying that if a 100% US made product came along the US Government should ALWAYS purchase it instead of the competition?
quote: the kc 767 would not have created any jobs - just kept poeple working on the 767 instead of beeing transferred to the 787
quote: They want to help your economy!
quote: when the exchange rate between the euro and dollar really hits airbus - they're dead without some massive US dollar turnover
quote: Airbus are going to move the A330F line to Mobile if they get the contract. As I said at the bottom of the page, you can be assured more orders will go to Mobile with the low dollar and Airbus being capacity restrained at the moment.
quote: The A330 airframe is not designed to handle the load required without extensive and costly modifications
quote: The USAF uses KC-10 (DC-10) and KC-135 (737) tankers.
quote: big reason for going with the Airbus aircraft is it can carry more casualties.
quote: The 767 can carry a little less than twice as much
quote: For its part, the Air Force is sticking by its decision to go with the KC-45A design. The KC-45A simply offered " more passengers , more cargo, more fuel to offload, more patients that we can carry , more availability, more flexibility and more dependability," according to Air Force Gen. Arthur Lichte.
quote: This is a national security issue. I do not like foreign coutries/compianies determing the scale or type of aircraft in our fleet.Somethings have to be produced completely locally.
quote: This is a national security issue. I do not like foreign coutries/compianies determing the scale or type of aircraft in our fleet.
quote: Somethings have to be produced completely locally.
quote: I think the Boeing 777 proposal was based on the 777F :-)
quote: Im shocked that the Air Force seemed to actually put their needs above those of the politicians demanding pork for their constituents.
quote: Well, it seems Europeans... ... can not be trusted, they are socialists, opportunists, illegal financing obscure conglomerates.
quote: Can not be trusted:
quote: Are socialists
quote: Illegal financing:
quote: I am and am proud of it.
quote: is actually seen as a bad thing in much of the world.
quote: at least the EU gets it's money back