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Old 02-16-2008, 12:25 PM
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Well as it says, the carcass will be in use for 50 years ........so every Tech eventuallality is hopefully covered ........but who knows these days! Catapults can be installed easily on a ship that size also if needed.

I always remember the reasoning behind building through deck carriers [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invincible_class_aircraft_carrier"](Invinsible class)[/URL] though. It was to not take such an enormous blow if one was sunk........The RN historically knows how enormous a blow a carrier or battleship going down is ....so I wonder about the defensive systems on board and how capable our picket are (destroyers, Frigates etc)
last i heared... the US were equipping their ships with our standard choise of cannon.
well.. the bigger size usually means "bigger time" in the context of the word.

its not necciserely vounerable because of it. but its still a big ship.
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By JOELLE TESSLER, AP Business Writer

WASHINGTON - The Air Force on Friday awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. and a European partner a $35 billion contract to build airborne refueling planes, delivering a major blow to Boeing Co.

The selection of Los Angeles-based Northrop Grumman and European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co., the maker of Airbus planes, surprised industry and elected officials. Air Force officials said the larger size of the Northrop-EADS aircraft helped tip the balance in its favor.

Chicago-based Boeing, which has been supplying refueling tankers to the Air Force for nearly 50 years and had been widely expected to hang onto that monopoly, could protest the decision, though the company said no decision has been made.

The contract to build up to 179 aircraft the first of three awards worth up to $100 billion over 30 years opens up a huge new opportunity for Northrop Grumman.

The Northrop-EADS refueling tanker, the KC-45A, "will revolutionize our ability to employ tankers and will ensure the Air Force's future ability to provide our nation with truly global vigilance, reach, and power," Air Force Gen. Duncan J. McNabb said in a statement.

"We should have an American tanker built by an American company with American workers," said Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., who represents the district in Wichita where Boeing would have done much of the tanker work.

The EADS/Northrop Grumman team plans to perform its final assembly work in Mobile, Ala., although the underlying plane would mostly be built in Europe. And it would use General Electric engines built in North Carolina and Ohio. Northrop Grumman, which is based in Los Angeles, estimates a Northrop/EADS win would produce 2,000 new jobs in Mobile and support 25,000 jobs at suppliers nationwide.
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Old 03-01-2008, 12:45 PM
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By JOELLE TESSLER, AP Business Writer

WASHINGTON - The Air Force on Friday awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. and a European partner a $35 billion contract to build airborne refueling planes, delivering a major blow to Boeing Co.

The selection of Los Angeles-based Northrop Grumman and European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co., the maker of Airbus planes, surprised industry and elected officials. Air Force officials said the larger size of the Northrop-EADS aircraft helped tip the balance in its favor.

Chicago-based Boeing, which has been supplying refueling tankers to the Air Force for nearly 50 years and had been widely expected to hang onto that monopoly, could protest the decision, though the company said no decision has been made.

The contract to build up to 179 aircraft the first of three awards worth up to $100 billion over 30 years opens up a huge new opportunity for Northrop Grumman.

The Northrop-EADS refueling tanker, the KC-45A, "will revolutionize our ability to employ tankers and will ensure the Air Force's future ability to provide our nation with truly global vigilance, reach, and power," Air Force Gen. Duncan J. McNabb said in a statement.

"We should have an American tanker built by an American company with American workers," said Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., who represents the district in Wichita where Boeing would have done much of the tanker work.

The EADS/Northrop Grumman team plans to perform its final assembly work in Mobile, Ala., although the underlying plane would mostly be built in Europe. And it would use General Electric engines built in North Carolina and Ohio. Northrop Grumman, which is based in Los Angeles, estimates a Northrop/EADS win would produce 2,000 new jobs in Mobile and support 25,000 jobs at suppliers nationwide.

Yikes, thats a big contract.... comparing the Irish Military budget to the US one is a funny exercise.... cos the US one is like the size of a planet compared to the Irish one, which is the size of a poorly maintained house...
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