Accession Number:

ADA525032

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:

2010-07-15

Pagination or Media Count:

37.0

Abstract:

On February 24, 2010, the Department of Defense DOD released its Request for Proposals for a program to build 179 new KC-X aerial refueling tankers for the Air Force, a contract valued at roughly 35 billion. Bidding closed on July 9, 2010, with three offerors submitting bids. The European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company EADS offered a KC-X design based on the Airbus A330 airliner, to be built in Mobile, AL. Boeing offered a KC-X design based on its 767 airliner, to be built in Seattle, WA, and Wichita, KS. A team of the Ukranian airframe maker Antonov and U.S. Aerospace offered a variant of the An-124 freighter, with production location uncertain. 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 bids against those required capabilities Should a June 30, 2010, World Trade Organization WTO ruling on commercial aircraft subsidies be taken into account in evaluating the KC-X bids Should Boeings pricing data for the 2007-2008 KC-X competition be shared with EADS in a manner equivalent to how NorthropEADSs pricing data for the 2007-2008 competition was shared with Boeing Should the Air Force be in charge of the new KC-X competition

Subject Categories:

  • Military Aircraft Operations
  • Transport Aircraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE