Brownback on Tanker Contract

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Sam Brownback reacted Friday to reports the Air Force miscalculated the life cycle costs associated with proposals to replace U.S. aerial refueling tankers. The Air Force in February awarded its tanker contract to Northrop Grumman Corp and its European partner EADS.

“Now that the Air Force admits mistakes were made in calculating the cost of Boeing’s proposal, I am even more disappointed that a foreign company was awarded the contract,” said Brownback. “Boeing’s refueling tanker would have cost less over time than the EADS tanker. I renew my call that the Air Force reconsider its decision to award this multi-billion dollar contract to EADS.”

Earlier this year, the Air Force announced that it is to award a $40 billion contract to European Aeronautic Defense & Space to purchase 179 new KC-767 tankers over a ten year period. Boeing, which for fifty years has been supplying the Air Force with refueling tankers, had competed with EADS for the contract.

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