Aerospaceweb.org Polls

July 2008 Poll #2 July 2008 Poll #1
Should Airbus and Boeing be worried about Bombardier launching the C Series with advanced fuel efficient technologies to compete against smaller members of the A320 and 737 families?
Yes
62%
No
29%
Undecided
9%
Total votes: 98
Do you agree with the General Accounting Office's recommendation to cancel the KC-45 tanker contract won by the Northrop and Airbus A330 and start the competition over again?
Yes
51%
No
45%
Undecided
4%
Total votes: 114
Comment: With the number of programs underway to develop short-range jetliners in Canada, China, and Japan that compete with Airbus and Boeing, it remains to be seen whether the market can support so many differing designs. Comment: The GAO largely agrees with our earlier assessment that the evaluation criteria were at least unclear and at most unfair to the competitors. This competition is only the latest example of poor acquisition efforts on the part of the Air Force. The service appears to be unable to make its competitions transparent and fair to all parties.

June 2008 Poll #2 June 2008 Poll #1
Should Europe develop its own manned space capsule?
Yes
45%
No
45%
Undecided
10%
Total votes: 91
Do you agree with the international effort to ban cluster bombs?
Yes
49%
No
43%
Undecided
8%
Total votes: 109
Comment: Comment:

May 2008 Poll #2 May 2008 Poll #1
Which competitor should Norway select in its competition to buy a replacement for the F-16?
F-35 Lightning II
57%
JAS-39 Gripen
41%
Undecided
2%
Total votes: 138
Should the US sell advanced weapons like JDAM, AMRAAM, and JSOW to Middle Eastern nations like Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Turkey?
Yes
17%
No
80%
Undecided
3%
Total votes: 103
Comment: Norway has invested in the F-35 development program, which would seem to make purchasing the production model an obvious decision. Nevertheless, Sweden has made rather attractive offers of lucrative contracts to jointly develop an advanced Gripen model. The political debate over this decision within the Norwegian government will likely be fierce. Comment: Despite these whoppingly one-sided results, foreign military sales have become critical to the finances of many defense companies. The numbers of arms purchased domestically are simply not enough to make most weapon programs economically viable. The wealth of the Middle East, and their associated security concerns, make these nations extremely attractive markets.


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