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WASHINGTON --- Senior Department of Defense and Air Force officials announced the rollout of the KC-X Acquisition Program at a Pentagon briefing Sept. 24. Air Force leaders are seeking a replacement for the KC-135 Stratotanker that has been a stalwart of the tanker fleet for more than 53 years.
Today, the department is announcing its acquisition strategy for a replacement aerial refueling tanker fleet for the aging KC-135 and KC-10 fleet, said William J. Lynn, deputy secretary of defense. He termed the search to be a "best value" competition, not one based solely on cost. "We tried to play this straight down the middle," Mr. Lynn said.
Furthermore, the program will support more than 25,000 jobs in the USA. According to Northrop Grumman the manufacturing and support infrastructure for the KC-45A will create a new 'aerospace manufacturing corridor' in the Southeastern USA, creating 2,500 new jobs in and around Mobile Alabama, where the new aircraft will be assembled
WASHINGTON (AFP) – Northrop Grumman Tuesday accused the Pentagon of being "unfair" over the aerospace giant's competition with Boeing for a new mammoth contract to replace the US Air Force's aging aerial tankers.
Northrop charged that the Defense Department gave the company's key pricing information from a previous tanker competition to Boeing while access to comparable pricing data from the rival was denied
Originally posted by Harlequin
^^ they allready do with the KC-130j
whats silly is that more of the KC-45a will be made in america than any boeing offering
Originally posted by Brother Stormhammer
Why is it that seemingly every one of our most versatile, effective aircraft date from the 1950s (B-52, C-130, KC-135)? I'm almost expecting to hear that we're restating production on the F-4 Phantom, for the love of Kelly Johnson!! :-D :-D