Air Force may rebid $35 billion contract to build new refueling tankers

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  • samhill
    July 9, 2008 11:19 a.m.

    As annoyed as I was that the Air Force chose a foreign company to supply it with new tankers, I am suspicious to see this development.

    The only thing worse than relying on a foreign country for our military equipment would be to permit politics to corrupt the procurment process to allow inferior products, foreign or domestic, to prevail.

    If the reason that Northrup and their AirBus partners won the original contract was because their product was superior, then I say let them have it and let U.S. suppliers learn from that loss so they will improve their own products in order to compete successfully.

  • Anonymous
    July 9, 2008 9:28 a.m.

    Boeing did a poor job on their bid because they thought they had it all locked up. Northrup spent millions building a prototype refueling nozzle and submitted a better bid.
    Why do I prefer a German car over a US car -because it is a better product.