posted on Aug, 16 2015 @ 09:12 AM
a reply to: WeOwnTheNight
And do you know how those work? Northrop would have been the lead in that, but EADS would have been building the aircraft in their new Mobile
facility that they just started up. They would have split the profits. There has to be a North American lead to any foreign contract award, so in
it would have been Northrop Grumman, and they would have done some of the work on it, but the primary build would have been Airbus, who would
then ship the fuselage pieces to Mobile, where they would have done final assembly and testing. Why do you think Northrop didn't enter solo? That's
one of the main reasons that Airbus even built that facility there, was to assemble the tanker for the Air Force.
I am WELL aware of the tanker fiasco and all the protests. I followed it closer than most.
Look into the history of the Sentinel. There was a classified platform, which was the RQ-180 as far as anyone has figured out, that was supposed to
be doing that job. It wasn't going to be ready anywhere remotely close to the timeframe promised, and they needed something to do the mission. So
they slapped together the RQ-170, based on a previous design, using off the shelf components, and sold it to the Air Force and CIA as a filler
platform until the -180 was ready. They used the same design on their bomber that caused all the problems with the -180, and surprise, it failed them
again and will probably lead to them losing the bomber.
It's great that you think we should pigeonhole the Big Three and keep them doing the same things, but that won't work in the long run. Competition is
key to development and advancement.