January 31, 2007

THE WHITE WHALE STAYS ON THE ENDANGERED SPECIES LIST:

Air Force tanker request gives Boeing edge, for now (Alicia Mundy, 1/31/07, Seattle Times)

After a behind-the-scenes battle in which politics counted as much as procurement goals, the Pentagon on Tuesday unveiled its rules for a potential $100 billion contract to replace the Air Force fleet of refueling tankers -- and the balance of power tilted toward Boeing.

The request for proposal (RFP) issued by the Pentagon "inherently favors Boeing" against its only competitor, a partnership between European Aeronautics Defence & Space (EADS), and Northrop Grumman, said Richard Aboulafia, an aerospace industry analyst.


Posted by Orrin Judd at January 31, 2007 9:04 AM
Comments

Thanks for the reminder: "Thar, She Blows"

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 31, 2007 1:29 PM

"inherently favors Boeing" or risks a couple of years delivery delays.

Posted by: ic at January 31, 2007 1:53 PM

You gotta admit it, though - the A380 could carry a lot of gas.

But (all other things being equal) the Pentagon is not going to pull Chirac's chestnuts out of the fire.

Posted by: ratbert at January 31, 2007 3:32 PM
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