Thu, Apr 22, 2010
Expresses Concerns About EADS "Subsidies" From European
Boeing responded predictably to the EADS announcement Tuesday
that it plans to re-enter the competition for the U.S. Air Force
KC-X Tanker contract through its subsidiary, EADS North America.
The Air Force has said that EADS' announcement of intent will
extend the proposal deadline by 60 days, from May 10 to July 9.
"From the outset, Boeing has been 100 percent focused on
responding to the needs of our Air Force customer and preparing a
competitive proposal, the company said in a prepared statement late
Tuesday. "Only Boeing can produce a tanker that will meet the Air
Force's 372 requirements and promise delivery of a combat-ready,
safe and survivable tanker that is the most capable for the
warfighter, the lowest cost for the taxpayer, and backed by
Boeing's proven U.S. work force. We are confident in the superior
value and capabilities of our NewGen Tanker and intend to present a
compelling case for it in our proposal."
"While we are disappointed in the bid submission delay, we hope
for a fair and transparent competition free of any additional
changes intended to accommodate a non-U.S. prime contractor," the
statement continued. "We also remain deeply concerned about the
ability of a heavily subsidized Airbus/EADS to accept levels of
financial risk that a commercial company such as Boeing cannot. We
regret that these concerns will not be addressed in the bid
evaluation, even when the U.S. government has proven in a world
court that those subsidies are illegal and directly distort
competition between Airbus and Boeing."
Boeing says its NewGen Tanker will meet all 372 requirements set
forth by the Air Force in its search for a medium-size tanker to
replace the KC-135 fleet. It will be a widebody, multi-mission
aircraft based on the proven Boeing 767 commercial aircraft which
the company plans to build in existing Boeing facilities in
Washington state and Kansas, relying on U.S. suppliers throughout
the nation. Nationwide, Boeing claims the NewGen Tanker program
will support approximately 50,000 total U.S. jobs with Boeing and
more than 800 suppliers in more than 40 states.
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