Saudi Arabia buys airbus refuellers of the type A330-MRTT to page 1/1 PARIS (DPA) - Saudi Arabia has bought two refuellers of the airbus type A330-MRTT for his air force. The contract value lies between 350 and 400 million euros, informed of the French ministry of defence on Monday. The Saudi-French contract has been signed on Monday. Airbus stands with refuellers in competition to Boeing and takes care with US partners also of the equipment of the US air force. A330-MRTT is a combined airplane to the refuelling in the air and to the transport of troops and material. The base is an airbus long-haul aircraft of the type A330 mounted in Toulouse. The machine is equipped in Getafe (Spain).
N1786b From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 558 posts, RR: 17 Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3350 times:
1. Interesting price information, is the Pentagon watching?
2. This is just the finalization of a contract that has been talked about before - previous reports IIRC mentioned more tankers and options as well
3. This belongs in the Military Aviation forum
EBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 2 Reply 6, posted (6 years 10 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3069 times:
Quoting USAF336TFS (Reply 5): In all seriousness, I'm not even sure there was a competition. I haven't read anywhere that there was a competing offer presented by anyone. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
Was there a competition when the Saudis bought the 72 Typhoon jet fighters?
PADSpot From Germany, joined Jan 2005, 1676 posts, RR: 5 Reply 11, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2543 times:
Quoting USAF336TFS (Reply 8):
Excellent point. I don't see the KC-30 cheerleaders here complaining about competition, or the lack of it, in this instance, do you?
Don't see any "excellence" in this point. Al Yamamah contracts are bilateral in terms of "oil for weapons". If Saudi Arabia felt it suffered a significant disadvantage from choosing a piece of defense technology straight away instead of having a competition, it didn't had to engage in the contract. It is not the fault of the chosen product that apparently other countries were not offered similar conditions or didn't want that kind of contract.
There were lots of arms deals with middle east countries where no competition took place. It most cases, for whatsoever reason, US technology was chosen. If at all, this kind of business conduct is to be blamed on the arms receiver and not on potential contenders, be it US, European or whatever.