The changes are made, the details are in. Boeing gets another chance to win the $35 billion dollar tanker deal.
The Pentagon reopened bidding Wednesday afternoon with a new tanker request -- and new qualifications. It would build 179 new aerial refueling tankers meant to replace the current fleet that date back to the 1950's.
This new request for proposals is different than the last, the one Boeing argued and the Government Accountability Office agreed, unfairly favored Northrop Grumman.
In a news conference Wednesday afternoon, the Pentagon made it clear the Air Force is taking the GAO's eight recommendations seriously. "The changes that we've made have been focused on being responsive to the GAO rulings and findings," said Director of Procurement Shay Assad.
There are 98 pages of amendments and clarifications to the original proposal. The refueling tankers will now be expected to last 40 years instead of 25, and that plays into the rising cost of fuel over 40 years as well.