KC-45 protest works it course

by: Matthew Potter
April 1, 2008

Category: Boeing, commercial aviation, Contract Awards, development program, EADS, GAO, logistics, Northrop Grumman Corp., Protest, U.S. Air Force | RSS 2.0

This article makes it seem that this is something unique, but it isn’t. The winner has to stop work on the contract as DoD cannot pay them. They can certainly proceed at risk, which some companies do in this situation, but on a contract this size it makes sense not to. The GAO has 100 days to announce its ruling, and that will lead to a three month delay for the Northrop-Grumman/EADS team. With the KC-45 being based on a commercial aircraft, EADS could work on some of them with the idea of selling them to a commercial customer if necessary, or may be planning to bump such a contractor to meet original schedules.

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