March 11, 2010
The decision of Northrop Grumman and EADS not to bid on the tender to supply the US Air Force with $50 billion worth of air refuelling tankers is very disturbing. They won the contract in 2008 but, after Boeing’s protest, a new tender was issued, with the technical terms sufficiently changed so that the larger A330 tanker could not win.
Washington is vociferous in driving other countries to open up their public procurement to foreign companies and products and to refrain from protectionist action. However, that does not prevent the US from not practising what it preaches.Author : Stanley Crossick