Northrop Grumman and the maker of Airbus planes beat out Boeing Co. to win a $35 billion government contract to build military refueling planes, the Air Force said Friday.
I was telling someone yesterday that if the Europeans ended up winning, I was going to take it on faith that it was the right decision. My reasoning was that the KC-30 program must be better overall, because Boeing was the “easy” choice if the KC-767 was close. EADS, the “difficult” choice, would only get picked if there was a noticeable gap between the two programs.
Now if I could just believe it.
I’m thinking that maybe Boeing wishes that there hadn’t been so much corruption in the earlier KC-767 deals that ended up getting canceled, and I wonder how much (if any) of the reasoning behind this decision was to teach a lesson.
UPDATE: Northrop Grumman release: U.S. Air Force Selects Northrop Grumman to Provide the New KC-45A Aerial Refueling Tanker
So it’s the KC-45A. Well, bring it on. If this plane doesn’t knock everyone’s socks off, there’s going to be hell to pay. Murdoc’s optimistic, though will probably be unforgiving if it turns out to be a bad move.
UPDATE 2: From the comments:
Yeah, they’ll “manufacture” these tankers in Alabama just the same way I “manufactured” my kids bicycles in my living room on Christmas Eve.