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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Northrop Grumman pulls out of tanker deal

Boeing KC-767A

I love how the last paragraphs of the article allude to the most likely reason Northrop Grumman pulled out and Washington-based Boeing will win:
But with Northrop out of the competition, the Pentagon can now "move quickly to replace the Air Force’s aging fleet of KC-135 tankers," said Washington Democratic Rep. Norm Dicks, who is in line to replace the late Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) as head of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.

“I applaud the Northrop Grumman Corp. for its assessment and its decision not to delay the procurement by submitting a bid and requiring the government to conduct another lengthy competition,” Dicks said.

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