Pentagon could face conundrum if Northrop passes on KC-X bid

03/1/2010 | Aviation Week & Space Technology

If Northrop Grumman/EADS North America follows through on its threat not to bid on the Air Force's KC-X aerial refueling tanker, the Pentagon could see its strategy to elicit low, fixed-price offers from competitors compromised. Changes to the RFP, released Feb. 24, were designed to lure Northrop Grumman into the bidding, but if the company passes on bidding, only Boeing would be in the bidding, leaving insufficient insight and auditability.

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