Cairo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2451 times:
This is a smart move for EADS. If they can get bids submitted under the Northrop name, even if EADS does 90% of the work, it will be a great help to their chances of winning US defense contracts. It's good to give Boeing some competition, and it's good for the taxpayer who might actually get a lower priced option for once.
Douwd20 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2436 times:
The article says EADS is planning to announce on June 22 where it will build a U.S. factory if it wins work on the Pentagon tanker and that the hope is the Pentagon will split the deal between Boeing and Airbus.....
Northrop is drawn to the tanker program, betting that the Air Force will divide its tanker purchases between Boeing and EADS. That foothold ultimately could lead to additional Pentagon work, using Airbus planes not only as tankers but also for transport and surveillance missions