The CEO of Northrop Grumman, competing against Boeing and Pratt & Whitney for a lucrative aerial tanker contract, says neither company is favored in the re-bid contest.
The bidding for the $35 billion contest has been re-opened after Boeing protested the win by Northrop Grumman, and that complaint was upheld by the Government Accountability Office. The GAO concluded that the Air Force gave extra credit to Northropâ€™s larger plane, despite the fact that it did not specify that size was a factor in the initial bidding. Now both companies have met with Pentagon officials this week to discuss the new draft request for proposals. Interviewed by the Associated Press, Ronald Sugar, CEO of Northrop Grumman says Boeing got what it asked for, which was clarification of exactly what is required. He rejects criticism by Boeingâ€™s supporters on Capitol Hill that the new Air Force language still favors the Northrop bid, and that the rebid period is too short for Boeing to adapt its offering. East Hartford based Pratt & Whitney is the engine contractor for the Boeing bid â€“ the contract could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars over the life of the planes.