“EADS North America, as prime contractor, will bid on the KC-X competition,” said EADS North America Chairman Ralph Crosby during a press conference in Washington. “This is a hell of an opportunity for a company in the big airplane business.”
The company said it plans to submit a bid on July 8, taking advantage of the Pentagon’s offer to delay bidding by two months to attract EADS to the contest. In the meantime, the company will continue seeking U.S. partners on the program.
The EADS plane, based on the A330, is larger than the Boeing proposal, based on the 767. All else being equal, I think more smaller planes would be better in a major war than fewer larger planes. Otherwise, fewer larger planes would probably be slightly better.
Whatever the plan, I hope they get on with it.
Meanwhile: Tankers in Unknown Territory
Even if the KC-X acquisition goes ahead according to schedule [insert pause here for riotous laughter break] over 200 KC-135s will be expected to serve into the 2040s. Kids that aren’t born yet will be flying them to fuel our aircraft.