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KC-X: GAO Sustains Boeing Protest

KC-X: GAO Sustains Boeing Protest

Darkest before dawn?(click to view full) The USA's aerial tanker fleet is the backbone of American global air power, but its youngest KC-135 planes were built over 40 years ago. Replacing them is the USAF's #1 priority, and the initial KC-X phase of 175 operational...

KC-X: Rating the Contenders

KC-X: Rating the Contenders

KC-X contenders(click to view full) As the $35 billion KC-45 tanker purchase flies into the teeth of Washington's political battles, the Lexington Institute think-tank discusses the relative ratings of each contestant in the USAF's aerial tanker competition. This is a...

The KC-X Tanker Deal: Tracking the Lobbyists

The KC-X Tanker Deal: Tracking the Lobbyists

KC-30 Concept(click to view full) The $35 billion KC-45 aerial tanker deal has attracted a lot of attention and commentary lately, as one might expect. It has also attracted a lot of lobbying dollars - again, as one might expect. While the Pentagon hopes it can keep a...

KC-46A Pegasus Aerial Tanker Completes Firsts

KC-46A Pegasus Aerial Tanker Completes Firsts

KC-135: Old as the hills... (click to view full) DID's FOCUS articles cover major weapons acquisition programs - and no program is more important to the USAF than its aerial tanker fleet renewal. In January 2007, the big question was whether there would be a...

Eurofighter’s Future: Tranche 3, and Beyond

Eurofighter’s Future: Tranche 3, and Beyond

Italian Eurofighters (click to view full) The multi-national Eurofighter Typhoon has been described as the aerodynamic apotheosis of lessons learned from the twin engine "teen series" fighters that began with the F-14 and F-15, continued with the emergence of the...