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Boeing tanker changes to require high-level review

From Bloomberg News | U.S. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said Tuesday that the Air Force will not allow changes to Chicago-based Boeing’s air refueling tanker contract of more than $30 billion without “high-level” review from Pentagon leadership,

EADS near decision to skip Boeing tanker protest

An Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport is shown while refueling two probe-equipped F/A-18 fighter aircraft in this handout photograph from November 2009. (Reuters/EADS North America/Handout)

Airbus parent EADS is nearing a decision not to protest the loss of a $30 billion U.S. refueling plane contract to Boeing, sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

The European company could announce as early as Friday a decision that will end a bitter decade-long procurement drama described on Wednesday by the top Air Force general as “ugly.”

“Most likely there will be no appeal,” said one source familiar with internal discussions at EADS, who was not authorized to speak publicly. Get the full story »

Boeing shares gain after surprise tanker win

Shares of Boeing gained 4 percent in premarket trade on Friday after the company won a $30 billion contract for 179 new U.S. Air Force refueling planes a day earlier.

The win for Boeing came as a surprise to many industry watchers who expected rival EADS to win the contract. Get the full story »

Boeing wins $30 billion tanker contract

The Boeing 767-based NewGen Tanker is pictured simultaneously refueling two F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft from the wing air refueling pods in this undated photo illustration, obtained on Feb. 24, 2011. (Reuters/Boeing/Handout)

The U.S. Air Force on Thursday awarded Boeing Co. a contract worth more than $30 billion to build airborne tankers, potentially ending a decade-long contracting saga that is one of the longest and strangest in Pentagon history.

The announcement was an upset win for Chicago-based Boeing, and quickly drew an allegation that Defense Department officials had been swayed by “Chicago politics” from Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a leading Congressional supporter of rival bidder EADS. Get the full story »

Boeing, Airbus brace for U.S. tanker decision

The U.S. Air Force prepared on Thursday to announce the winner of an epic $35 billion procurement battle between Boeing and Airbus over 179 aerial refueling planes, its third attempt to start replacing a fleet of planes built before humans first landed on the moon.

Less than a dozen top Air Force and Pentagon officials know the outcome of a price shootout that saw both companies submit very aggressive offers, but which analysts increasingly expect Airbus parent EADS to win. Get the full story »

Senators slam Air Force over $35B tanker contract

Senators from both parties lambasted the U.S. Air Force after military officials acknowledged that they’d accidentally disclosed secret data to competitors Boeing and EADS as part of their effort to award a $35 billion contract to build a new fleet of aerial refueling tankers.

At a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., called the incident “a debacle” and asked what punitive action had been taken. She said those involved in the error should be fired. Get the full story »

Senate panel to look into tanker data mixup

The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold hearings next month into an Air Force document bungle roiling a transAtlantic rematch for a potential $50 billion aerial-refueling plane contract.

Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin said Wednesday he was prepared to launch an investigation into “the release of proprietary data” from rival tanker bidders Boeing and Europe’s EADS.

At issue is what the Air Force calls “a clerical error” that sent Boeing and EADS computerized records in November with sensitive data on each other’s bid for the contract. Get the full story »

EADS offer lower prices in tanker bid

European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co.  will offer prices below its previous ones in order to win a contract to provide the U.S. Air Force with new aerial refueling tankers, German daily Financial Times Deutschland reports Monday, citing industry sources. Get the full story »

Boeing a front-runner again for tanker contract

Boeing Co. once again finds itself as the front-runner as Friday’s deadline approaches for submitting proposals for aerial refueling tankers, one of the largest and most controversial contests overseen by the Pentagon.

Although the latest contest hasn’t formally begun, Boeing and its primary competitor, EADS North America Inc., are jockeying for position and exchanging shots over which company’s tanker is the superior entry for the initial $35-billion contract. Their supporters, meanwhile, are wrangling over whether a long-running trade dispute between the U.S. and European Union should also influence the contest’s outcome.

Getting an early jump into the race, EADS submitted its 8,000-page tanker proposal on Thursday. Boeing intends to follow suit early Friday morning, said Boeing spokesman William Barksdale. Get the full story »

EADS makes bid on $35B Air Force tanker contract

Airbus parent EADS has submitted a bid to supply refueling tankers to the U.S. Air Force, the company said Thursday.

“We’re proud of our offering, which is the only one in this competition that is flying and refueling the full array of receiver aircraft,” EADS North America Chairman Ralph Crosby said in a statement. Get the full story »

WTO ruling against Airbus may help Boeing tanker

A B-2 bomber gets refueled over the Pacific. (AP Photo/Master Sgt. Mark Sindiong.)

From Business Week | The WTO’s ruling Wednesday that European governments provided illegal subsidies to Airbus SAS, may make it easier for Congress to select Boeing Co.’s bid in the long-running fight for a $35 billion contract to build refueling tanker for the U.S. Air Force, some analysts have said.

Boeing receives $216M contract to upgrade tankers

Boeing Co. said Wednesday it received a $216 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to upgrade the cockpits in 59 KC-10 tanker aircraft. The upgrades will outfit the aircraft with new communication, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management systems.