Which Aircraft Do You Think Should Win The Bridge Tanker Contract?
The prize is a contract to deliver 140-160 commercial derivative aircraft between 2029 and as late as 2042. The bidders are the Boeing KC-46 and a Lockheed Martin/Airbus team offering the A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT).
The dynamics include an already partisan debate in Congress about the U.S. Air Force’s tanker acquisition strategy, Boeing’s troubled track record on the existing KC-46 contract and an escalating appetite for air refueling capacity to support expanded operations over the Pacific Ocean.
The competition for the Air Force’s Bridge Tanker officially started on June 16. The Air Force’s acquisition office for Mobility Aircraft published a request for information. The document fulfills a mandatory step in the Federal Acquisition Regulations, which require the Air Force to search for all companies capable of competing for a new contract opportunity.
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