Northrop-Grumman vient d'adresser une lettre au sous-secrétaire de la défense M. Ashton CARTER indiquant que si il n'y avait pas de changement important dans l'appel d'offres, Northrop-Grumman ne participerait pas à cet appel d'offres.
La principale incrimination est que l'appel d'offres actuel fait la part belle à un appareil plus petit et moins multi-role que celui proposé par Northrop-Grumman.
L'analyste de l'aérospatial Joel Johnson déclare même que c'est un Boeing RFP !
Joel L. Johnson is VP, Intl. Affairs for the Aerospace Industries Association, where he coordinates the efforts of AIA to obtain government policies that support exports, avoid protectionism and pursue fair principles of international trade. Prior to joining AIA in April of 1989, Joel was Executive VP for the American League for Exports and Security Assistance (ALESA). He has also served as a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Chief Economist for the Foreign Assistance Subcommittee; a member of Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff; and Deputy Director of the Office of Trade Policy and Negotiations at the Treasury Department. He has also held various other positions in international economic affairs. Joel received his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University in 1965 and his Master's of Public Affairs from Princeton University in 1967.
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http://www.dodbuzz.com/2009/12/01/northrop-threatens-to-drop-tanker-bid/Northrop Threatens To Drop Tanker Bid
Northrop Grumman has told Pentagon acquisition chief Ash Carter that it will not submit a bid for the KC-X tanker program unless the government makes significant changes to the final request for proposal. The company made its declaration in a letter today from incoming Northrop CEO Wes Bush to Carter: “As a result, I must regrettably inform you that, absent a responsive set of changes in the final RFP, Northrop Grumman has determined that it cannot submit a bid to the department for the KC-X program.”
Bush left the door to a vibrant competition somewhat open, adding that the company hopes the Pentagon “will elect to modify its approach to this procurement in a way that will enable us to offer our product for your consideration.”
Company spokesman Randy Belote confirmed the letter’s contents. Belote said the company is “convinced that they want a prefer smaller tanker with less multirole which puts our tanker at a terrible disadvantage.”
A veteran aerospace analyst was more direct. “This is the stupidest contest you’ve ever seen,” said Joel Johnson, a consultant for various international clients, including Northrop Grumman. “It’s a Boeing RFP. When air forces have been able to decide on merit and price, every one of them has gone with the KC-45 clone.”
Belote said the company does expect “the final RFP will take our concerns into account.”
Northrop has considered this approach for some time and it was known as “the nuclear option.” The company decided to go nuclear after a Nov. 4 letter to the Pentagon in which the company first said it might not be able to bid under the terms of the current RFP elicited a negative response.
“The process has not allowed us to actually have a dialogue,” Belote said.