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  • KC-X Due Date: Nov. 10 vs Nov. 12 (updated)
    Posted by Robert Wall 8:47 AM on Aug 05, 2010

    The Government Accountability Office has until November 10 to rule on the protest U.S. Aerospace has filed over being locked out of the KC-X tanker competition.

    The protest was formally filed on August 2. The GAO can rule before then, and extensions are also possible, especially if further filings are made in the case, but November 10 currently is the due date for a ruling.

    Still unclear is how the deadline may effect the other KC-X target date: November 12; that is when the Pentagon was expected to announce the winner of the source selection process, which currently pits EADS and its A330 against Boeing with its 767 offerings.

    Clearly, should the GAO side with U.S. Aerospace, the November 12 target date would have to slip, and a source selection decision this year would appear all but impossible.

    If the GAO rules against U.S. Aerospace, the exercise will have been a nice warm up act for the GAO protest that is likely to be filed by the losing bidder in KC-X.

    Update: Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell says the source selection process has not been halted. He still believes in a contract award in the fall.

    Also, as to claims from US Aerospace that the Air Force blocked their bid submission, Morrell says he's not heard that himself, but says the notion would be "absolutely absurd."

    Tags: ar99, KC-X, EADS, Boeing

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