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Thu, Mar 11, 2010

European Commission Says KC-X Bid Situation Is 'Regrettable'

Statement Issued On US Refueling Tanker Program Announcement

The European Commission said in a statement Tuesday that the decision by Northrop Grumman / EADS not to submit a bid to the US Department of Defense for the US Air Force's aerial refueling tanker contract is unfortunate.

"It is highly regrettable that a major potential supplier would feel unable to bid for a contract of this type. Open procurement markets guarantee better competition and better value for money for the taxpayer," stated EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht.

In February 2008, Northrop Grumman / EADS was selected and awarded the contract to provide aerial refueling tankers for the US Air Force in a fair and transparent competition. The EC said that was a positive sign for free and open competition across the Atlantic. They said it also seemed to indicate that successful bids are possible when European industry teams up with US industry and they are allowed to compete fairly. This award was subsequently cancelled at the end of 2008. In December 2009, Northrop Grumman / EADS expressed serious concerns to the Department of Defense and the US Air Force on the proposed acquisition criteria for the contract.

The European Commission says it would be extremely concerned if it were to emerge that the terms of tender were such as to inhibit open competition for the contract.

The EC cites the US defense trade balance with the EU, which they contend  has traditionally been significantly in the US' favor. In 2008 the US exported $5 billion and imported only $2.2 billion worth of defense material, in line with a historic ratio of double exports to imports.

The Commission says it will be following further developments in this case very closely.

FMI: http://ec.europa.eu/index_en.htm

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