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Boeing wins the refueling tanker contract
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JF Mezei
2011-02-24 23:43:10 UTC
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If at first, you don't succeed, try again until you get it !!!

From the BBC:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/business-12572089

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has won a lucrative contract to provide the
US with 179 aerial refuelling tankers.

Boeing and European rival EADS had been competing for almost a decade
for the $35bn (£21.6bn) US Air Force contract.

During that time both the US and the European Union have reported each
other's companies to the WTO, alleging illegal subsidies.

And over the past decade two previous attempts to choose a contractor
have failed.

The USAF is replacing its current fleet of KC-135 Stratotankers.
tankers, some of which date back to the 1950s.

Now EADS has 10 days to file a protest with the Government
Accountability Office (GAO), the arm of Congress which deals with
federal contract disputes, should it object to the decision.

The GAO would then need to make a decision within 100 days.

If it stands, the Boeing decision is good news for Washington state and
Kansas, where much tanker work will be done.

Lengthy process

Boeing and EADS had both been offering variants on existing twin-engined
passenger jets: the Boeing 767 and the Airbus A330.

An original plan was scrapped in 2004. Costing $23.5bn, it would have
seen the airforce lease and then buy 100 modified Boeing 767s as tankers.

Then in early 2008 EADS, partnered with Northrop Grumman Corp, won a
179-plane deal.

That was then cancelled after government auditors upheld parts of a
protest by Boeing.

Last year Northrop pulled out of the partnership, leaving EADS to bid alone.

The governors of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana had backed EADS'
bid, as it was understood the European firm would have built its tankers
in Mobile, Alabama.
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Miles Bader
2011-02-25 01:02:56 UTC
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Post by JF Mezei
If at first, you don't succeed, try again until you get it !!!
C'mon, that's uncalled-for flamebait.

There's enough mud to go around for the last two rounds -- both sides
were involved in some very questionable political horse-trading.

-Miles
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