Thursday, January 29, 2009

Split tanker buy gaining traction?

As the Pentagon attempts to craft a way forward to replace the KC-135 aerial refueling fleet, the option of a split buy between Boeing and EADS/Northrop is gaining attention on Capitol Hill. The idea may be a topic of discussion as Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania visits Mobile, Ala., today, where Northrop Grumman and EADS want to assemble the planes. Murtha is expected to visit Boeing’s Washington state facility in the coming weeks. The Pentagon has opposed duel-sourcing, but some are beginning to think a split buy is the only politically palatable way to move forward. (Source: Aviation Week, 01/29/09)