We’re at Day 1 of the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance conference in Lynnwood (WA) and at the Defense Focus Day co-organized by the Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition, consultant Michel Merluzeau of G2 Solutions (Kirkland, WA) predicted EADS will likely win the KC-X competition.
Before the Francophiles go crazy, Merluzeau favors Boeing’s KC-767.
Merluzeau believes the capability for longer-range, greater fuel-carrying capability of the EADS KC-45 will be the deciding factors, as expressed in the IFARA matrix. The KC-30, as it was then known in 2008 when Northrop Grumman won the competition, scored better in IFARA. It also scored better than the KC-767 in IFARA that was inadvertently distributed by the USAF late last year.
IFARA scores the tankers on a variety of metrics and the larger KC-45 (or KC-30) bested the KC-767 in every category.