Bloomberg quotes the CEO of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems as saying the USAF Draft RFP for the KC-X competition favors the smaller 767.
Boeing Says Tanker Request Favors a 767-Based Plane (Update1)
2009-12-03 16:13:59.557 GMT
By Gopal Ratnam
Dec. 3 (Bloomberg) — Boeing Co. defense chief Dennis Muilenburg said the U.S. Air Force’s requirements for a new aerial refueling tanker favor a 767-based airplane.
“It’s important for us to allow the customer to finalize the requirement, but if you look at the current request for proposals it would push us toward a 767-based plane,” Muilenburg said today at a conference sponsored by Credit Suisse Group AG in New York.
Northrop was quick to point out that this supports its assertions that the DRFP is tilted to Boeing’s airplane.
Muilenberg’s remarks weren’t webcast live by Credit Suisse today (Dec. 3) but are promised to be available Thursday (Dec. 4). We will check it out for ourselves when we can.
Meantime, Bloomberg also reports that the Air Force is prepared to proceed without Northrop.