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Air Force said Monday it won't fight a temporary freeze on a recently awarded aerial refueling tanker contract, a move that could delay construction of a $600 million Adidas Climacool Black Orange aircraft assembly plant in Mobile.
While lawmakers are now on their Easter break, the two companies showed no signs of letting up.
facility would start by month's end, Belote said no ground breaking had been announced.
At a Senate hearing last Wednesday, Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne deplored the leak but said he had "no idea" where Thompson got his information from.
Via e mail Monday. Lt. Col. Jennifer Cassidy, an Air Force spokeswoman, said the military "has no plans at this time" to restart contract activity before then.
On Capitol Hill, the Air Force has already come under fire from Boeing allies who accuse the service of leaking information favorable to Northrop to defense analyst Loren Thompson.
For its part, Boeing released a study Monday showing its KC 767 tanker would save $30 billion in fuel costs, compared to the Northrop tanker, over a 40 year life cycle.
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Although the "stay" was automatic under federal regulations, those same rules gave the Air Force leeway to resume work if it made a written determination that "contract performance" was in the national interest or that "urgent and compelling" circumstances didn't permit delay until the GAO's ruling, due June 19.
the Government Accountability Office, or GAO, a congressional agency charged with deciding contract appeals.
Awarded Feb. 29, the contract calls for Los Angeles based Northrop and its partner, EADS North America, to build 179 tanker airplanes over 15 years. The planes will be assembled in Mobile in a deal valued at up to $40 billion.
In a statement provided Monday by Belote, Northrop said the Air Force chose its tanker "because it is clearly the most capable refueling aircraft for the warfighter and the best value for the American taxpayer."
But the Air Force halted activity on the contract last Tuesday after the loser, Chicago based Boeing Co., formally protested the award to Adidas Womens Basketball Shoes
"We're continuing to look at our options," Northrop spokesman Randy Belote said Monday, adding that the company received a stop work notice from the Air Force on Thursday.
The Air Force's decision not to seek a waiver raises questions about whether Northrop Grumman Corp. will slow an ambitious timetable for building its share of the 1,500 worker facility at Brookley Field Industrial Complex.
"It's very unusual to intervene in that protest process and say, 'We still have to go ahead,'" Schwellenbach said. While Northrop could proceed at its own risk, he added, "things can get weird, because you're starting to Adidas Climachill Black
"Northrop Grumman looks forward to the successful resolution of the protest process and returning to work providing our warfighters with these much needed new tankers."
Air Force keeps tanker freeze
Although Gary Ervin, a top Northrop executive, recently indicated that construction on the Brookley Adidas Shoes 2016 Basketball
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