Boeing Aircraft recently won an Air Force contract for medium sized Air-Refueling Tankers, in what was a bidding process rife with controversy. Originally, the Northrop/EADS (Airbus) team was awarded the contract in early 2008, but Boeing contested the award, citing irregularities in the bidding process, and a change in specifications mid-process.
Boeing was allowed to re-bid the contract, once the irregularities were addressed, and came out on top in February of 2011. The new tanker will be based on the current 767 platform.
Had Northrup/EADS retained the contract, it would have meant a significant amount of the U.S. Air Force tanker fleet would have been built in Europe.
Many ProfitKey customers are premier Boeing suppliers. These users provide hundreds of parts for various Boeing aircraft, both commercial and military, so this bodes well for domestic aerospace manufacturers, as the first 18 tankers are valued at $30 Billion. Potentially, as many as 50,000 American jobs could be generated as a result of the award.
Are you going to be affected by this contract? Positively or Negatively?Posted by Ken Hayes, Vice President, ProfitKey International