|Quoting Max Q (Reply 212):|
The KC10 carries far more fuel than the KC135 or KC46, almost double, 356k vs 203 or 212k respectively. It's also
far newer and carries a lot more cargo over a longer range. Even with the capabilities of the new tanker it doesn't approach those numbers.
It also burns a whole lot more fuel, so long duration missions where the offload is started at long range there won't be that big of a difference. But yes, if you are starting the offload right off the runway, yes the KC
-10 isn't at all comparable to the KC46. (topping up bombers which took off with a partial fuel load for example..).
|Quoting mjoelnir (Reply 229):|
The requirement was sized to the KC46, to keep out the KC45. Apart from that the KC45 has easier growth potential if that would have been the requirement.
No, The requirements were to replace the KC
-135. The KC
-45 takes up the space of a 747 to carry the fuel of a KC
-135. Its modest extra cargo capacity over the KC
-46 isn't of use to the USAF
since it hauls little cargo with its tankers. Other nations that need a more flexible platform certainly do see a bonus there.
|Quoting Stitch (Reply 241):|
Because it was the USAF breaking their own RFP rules to apply special credits to those additional capabilities that led to the GAO overturning the KC-45 award in the first place.
That was only one of the problems with the KC
-45 award. Lets not forget it was not legal to award the contract at all to NG
as they failed to meet a requirement. Two of them in fact. One was quite intentional, and lead to another point of rejection of the award due to un-equal treatment of the bidders. They failed to submit a plan for USAF
maintenance as required and were told by the USAF
that they failed to do so. They made no corrections and the communication from the USAF
was not legal in the first place.
Oh and they failed to prove it could refuel all current and planned USAF
assets as required. Kinda a show stopper.
has the whole ugly tale of just how corrupt this procurement was. Well not the whole story. There is a general who got a job just a little later after he was told to take a hike by the USAF