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Published:January 5th, 2008 11:46 EST
Northrop Grumman Submits KC-X Final Proposal Revision to U.S. Air Force

Northrop Grumman Submits KC-X Final Proposal Revision to U.S. Air Force


Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) announced today that it has submitted its Final Proposal Revision (FPR) for the U.S. Air Force KC-X Tanker Program. The projected contract award is expected on or about Jan. 31, 2008 according to the Air Force. Northrop Grumman is leading a world-class team of global aerospace suppliers including EADS, General Electric, Sargent Fletcher, Honeywell, Parker, AAR, Knight Aerospace, Telephonics and others in offering the KC-30 Tanker to the U.S. Air Force to replace its aging fleet of KC-135 Tankers. The KC-30 Tanker is based upon the highly reliable, modern and commercially successful A330 platform provided by EADS.

"I am extremely proud of the quality of the KC-30 team and the progress it continues to make since initial proposal submission in April 2007," said Ronald D. Sugar, Northrop Grumman chairman and chief executive officer. "Our solution, the KC-30 Tanker, not only offers greater capabilities and versatility than any tanker available today, it offers the lowest entry risk. It also meets all of the Air Force`s key requirements and is superior in every respect to the KC-135R it replaces. The KC-30 is clearly a `game changer` in that it is the only solution to provide the potential breakthrough in future Air Force air mobility capability as the C-17 did in replacing the venerable C-141."

About the KC-30: Northrop Grumman`s KC-30 Tanker aircraft will be assembled in Mobile, Ala., bringing thousands of new aerospace jobs to the U.S. that do not exist today. The KC-30 is the most modern tanker ever built and produced by the most capable workforce in the world. The KC-30 Tanker will employ more than 200 U.S. companies in 49 states, centered on new facilities in Mobile. Highly-skilled aerospace workers in Alabama stand proud and ready to build the most capable Tanker for our Armed Forces. The KC-30 carries 45,000 more pounds of fuel than a KC-135 or any competitor, providing a significant boost to the U.S. Air Force`s global reach. The KC-30 is also designed to refuel Navy and coalition aircraft, and to serve as a multi-role transport aircraft to move passengers, cargo and medical evacuation patients. The KC-30 incorporates defense systems, precision fly-by-wire technology, and the ability to integrate a communications suite and a global support network.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $31.5 billion global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.