The Government Accountability Office has denied requests from Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Air Force to throw out Boeing’s protest of a massive tanker contract award that went to Northrop and European partner EADS, according to Air Force and Northrop Grumman press releases issued late in the day April 2.
GAO called the Air Force request to dismiss some parts of the protest “untimely,” according to the release.
I think allowing the protest to go forward is probably the right thing. Obviously, if it fails it will end up being a time waster, but years have already been wasted on this. As much as the tanker fleet is aging, there’s time.
I’ve said before that the EADS plane should only win if it’s significantly better than Boeing’s. If it is, then they deserve the win and I don’t really see a problem with it. But if things are close, I honestly think giving the contract to Boeing is probably the best thing to do.
A statement from Boeing on the protest is expected tomorrow (Thursday. April 3rd).
Meanwhile: First KC-45 in Germany