Boeing Co has failed to meet the deadline for an Israel Air Force tender for three new planes, leaving Gulfstream Aerospace as the only contender, a Defense Ministry spokesman said on Wednesday, may 23.
According to the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz, the tender is for electronic intelligence aircraft, to be adapted from civilian planes. Ministry spokesman Shlomo Dror would not comment on plans for the aircraft.
Ha'aretzreported the Gulfstream bid was for $35 million a plane but Dror would not comment on price "The tender began a year ago. Gulfstream came to us with all the approvals but Boeing said it didn't yet have the approvals from the US government," Dror said.
US government authorization is needed when US civilian aircraft are intended for military use, he noted. Dror said the deadline for submission of proposals was last week and as of now Boeing is not in the tender. "We are checking now to see if Boeing is still interested," Dror said.
A Boeing spokesman in Tel Aviv declined to comment. Gulfstream, a subsidiary of General Dynamics Corp, is offering its G-V business jet while Boeing would have supplied 737-800s. Israel's Air Force does not have any Gulfstream aircraft in its fleet.
If Gulfstream remains the lone bidder, there is a possibility that the tender could be cancelled or revised if the price is deemed to high, Dror said. An industry source said Boeing has asked the ministry to postpone the deadline of the tender. ― (Reuters, Tel Aviv)
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