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ECONOMICS REPORT - Boeing Protests Air Force Contract on Tankers

This is the VOA Special English Economics Report 这是 voa 特备英语的经济报告 Must a country buy from its own defense suppliers? 一个国家是不是非得从它本国的国防产品供应商那里采购呢?

This is one of the questions in Washington in a dispute over a deal worth at least thirty-five billion dollars. 这仅仅是关于华盛顿的一项价值至少 350 亿美元合同的争论之一

The contract will supply the Air Force with one hundred seventy-nine tankers. 该项合同将会确保为空军提供 179 辆油罐车

The Air Force says it has a serious need for new planes to refuel aircraft in mid -flight. 空军发言人说部队对中远程距离飞行的战斗机的燃油供应有强烈的需求

Boeing has a long history of supplying tankers to the Air Force. 波音公司提供油罐车给空军已有相当长的时间了

But on February twenty-ninth, the Air Force awarded the contract to another American company, Northrop Grumman,

teamed with EADS. EADS is the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company, the parent of Airbus. 但是在 2 月 29 日 ,空军将此合同授予了另一家美国公司—和 EADS 合作的 Northrop Grumman 。 EADS 就是欧洲宇航防务集团,空中客车的母公司

This week, Boeing protested the decision. 这周,波音公司对该决定提出了抗议

The Government Accountability Office will study the appeal and expects to have a report by June nineteenth. 政府财政部门将会仔细研究此项申辩并希望在 6 月 19 日 完成相关报告

Boeing says it found problems in the process used to reach the decision. 波音公司声称它在该决定的达成过程中发现了诸多疑问

The Air Force has called the process fair and open. 空军之前要求该过程公开,公平。

But the decision not to give the contract to the Chicago-based company has angered lawmakers in Congress from states with Boeing factories. 但是合同并没有给予这家位于芝加哥的公司,该结果已经惹恼了国会里面那些与波音公司有经济联系的州府的法律制定者们

These include Washington state and Kansas. 其中包括华盛顿州和肯萨斯州

Boeing offered a version of its Seven Sixty-seven airplane for the new tankers. 波音公司为这种新的油罐设备提供了一架 767 的版本

Northrop Grumman and EADS based their tanker on the Airbus A-Three-Thirty. 而 Northrop Grumman and EADS 提供的油罐设备是基于空中客车 A330 , That plane is larger and would be able to carry more fuel. 那款型号的飞机更大一些能够装载更多的燃料

There is debate about the possible effect on American jobs because production would be split between Europe and the United States. 由此产生了可能对美国相关工作岗位产生不利影响的争论,因为生产将会分拆在欧洲和美国

There is also dispute about what the deal could mean for national security. 同样也产生了该交易可能对国家安全产生威胁的争论

In any case, Boeing says the Air Force changed requirements in the middle of the competition. 无论如何,波音公司声称空军在此合同的竞争中改变了自己的需求。

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