I think Airbus are looking at modifying an aircraft (A3405/6?), to haul lots of stand-off smart weapons.
Not dropping loads of 'dumb' or more recently, JDAMs, like the B-52's have been doing.
The RAF are keen to get more Nimrod MRA4s beyond the 21 programmed, not soley for maritime patrol, but as a way of carrying numbers of Storm Shadow weapons, which will shortly enter service on RAF fast jets.
So you can see how Airbus are thinking, maybe their aircraft would be designed for quick change from transport, tanking, C3 and surveillance, and the stand-off weapon lauching role.
Give Europe's forces a much needed long range capabilty.
I could see the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and perhaps the Netherlands being customers.