The Department of Defense announced today that it has given the Air Force the authority to proceed with the tanker recapitalization program.
With the completion of the Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) process for the KC-135, the process of getting additional tanker aircraft can now move forward.
The AoA determined that there are a number of competitive, medium-to-large, commercial-derivative aircraft that can fulfill the Department’s needs. The Air Force will now put out a request for information from industry, resuming the requirements and acquisition processes necessary for a traditional competitive acquisition program. Next steps include refinement of operational capability requirements, and development of an acquisition strategy.
“We must ensure that this program models a traditional competitive acquisition program and that every step proceeds in a deliberate and transparent fashion,” said Michael Wynne, secretary of the Air Force.
The request for information is expected to be issued by the end of April. A draft request for proposal is expected in fall 2006, with a final request for proposal to follow in January 2007. The award of the contract is expected in summer 2007.