posted on Nov, 26 2007 @ 05:28 PM
Most of us have heard about the KC-X competition already. The RFP was sent out (all 7,000 pages
), with Boeing pitting the KC-767 (based on the
767-200ER against the KC-30 (Airbus A300-200F) from Airbus/Northrop Grumman. This is phase one of the planned phase out of the KC-135, and will
result in the purchase of 175 production aircraft, with 4 test aircraft.
Phase two of the KC-135 phase out will be the KC-Y competition. The KC-Y competition will begin sometime around 2023. It is rumored that Boeing will
change their game plan for this competition, and will be offering the X-48 BWB for the second buy.
In or around 2033 will be phase three of the competition. All KC-135s should be retired by this point. This will be the KC-Z competition.
The Air Force plans to spend no more than $3B annually, which will allow the purchase of between 12 and 18 aircraft a year.
Both aircraft in the KC-X will be required to be able to fly into all the bases that the KC-135 currently services, plus an additional 1,000 bases it
can't get in to, as well as being able to move cargo, passengers, medical personnel and patients.
The KC-30 will hold approximately 45,000 pounds more fuel than the KC-135 does now. No word on the fuel totals for the KC-767 but I would assume that
it would be pretty similar to the KC-30. The KC-767 will have the 777 flight deck.
GE and Pratt & Whitney are both holding their breath with this competition as well. GE is looking at approximately $5B in sales if the KC-30 is
The SRD makes interesting reading to see everything this aircraft will have to do.
[edit on 11/26/2007 by Zaphod58]