Accession Number:

ADA513635

Title:

Air Force KC-X Tanker Aircraft Program: Background and Issues for Congress

Descriptive Note:

Congressional rept.

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-12-22

Pagination or Media Count:

97.0

Abstract:

On September 24, 2009, the Department of Defense DOD announced its proposed strategy for conducting a new competition between Boeing and a team consisting of Northrop Grumman and the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company EADS, the parent company of Airbus for a program to build 179 new KC-X aerial refueling tankers for the Air Force. The estimated total value of the 179-aircraft KC-X program is roughly 35 billion. Boeing is expected to offer a KCX design based on either its 767 or 777 airliner or it may offer two designs, one based on each airliner, while NorthropEADS is expected to offer a KC-X design based on the Airbus A330 airliner. Boeing would build its KC-X in Seattle, WA, and Wichita, KS, while NorthropEADS would build its KC-X in a plant that would be established in Mobile, AL. The KC-X acquisition program is a subject of intense interest because of the dollar value of the contract, the number of jobs it would create, the importance of tanker aircraft to U.S. military operations, and because DODs attempts to acquire a new tanker over the past several years have ultimately failed. DODs proposed new KC-X acquisition competition strategy poses several potential oversight issues for Congress, including the following Has DOD adequately defined the required capabilities for the KC-X and established a fair and adequate framework for scoring and evaluating the Boeing and NorthropEADS bids against those required capabilities

Subject Categories:

  • Military Aircraft Operations
  • Transport Aircraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE