European aerospace and defence firm EADS is confident of winning a share of the U.S. Air Force's upcoming $20 billion-plus requirement for air refuelling tankers, a newspaper reported on Sunday.
German financial daily Handelsblatt quoted EADS defence chief Stefan Zoller as saying the company had high hopes for the Air Force business after teaming up with Los Angeles-based Northrop Grumman Corp.
"Both companies are convinced that they have a chance of success for a substantial share of this contract," Zoller said.
U.S. Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne said last week he expected the competition would kick off by the end of September.
Northrop plans to offer a variant of the Airbus A330. Airbus is majority owned by EADS. Chicago-based Boeing Co. is also expected to bid.