Aerospace & Defense News - Defense Europe.

New York, Geneva (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense Europe) Jul 11, 2010

Airbus, EADS, Northrop Grumman EADS enters bid for $35B tanker contract, Boeing to follow. European plane maker EADS submitted its bid for a $35 billion contract with the Air Force to build aerial refueling tankers on Thursday, and Boeing planned to follow with a bid on Friday, launching a new chapter in the heated, years-long contest for the contract. EADS, along with Northrop Grumman, won an earlier bid for the contract, but government auditors overturned that award due to problems in the bidding. While the initial contract is for 179 planes, it could be extended to eventually include 400 to 500 planes worth $100 billion. Jul 9, 2010

Airbus, EADS, Northrop Grumman Tanker competition enters new stage Friday with bid submissions. The lobbying and public relations of Boeing and EADS North America enters a new stage on Friday when the companies submit their competing bids for the Pentagon's $35 billion aerial refueling tanker contract. The buildup to the midterm elections that will be taking place during the four months that Air Force and Defense Department officials are due to make their decision could play a key role in the contract. Jul 7, 2010

Alenia Aeronautica Singapore is about to announce that it has shortlisted the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 for its advanced jet trainer requirement, after eliminating the Korea Aerospace Industries/Lockheed Martin T-50 from the competition. "The South Koreans have been informed that the T-50 is no longer in contention, even though Singapore has not yet signed a contract with Aermacchi," says an industry source familiar with the discussions. If confirmed, the decision would represent the second major setback for the T-50, which also previously lost out in a battle to meet a 48-aircraft requirement with the United Arab Emirates. However, the UAE has yet to sign a deal with Alenia Aermacchi following its selection of the M-346 in late 2008, and the T-50 is understood to be back in contention. Jul 8, 2010

Antonov U.S. firm teams with Ukrainian aircraft maker to enter KC-X competition. California-based U.S. Aerospace Inc. is teaming up with Ukrainian aircraft maker Antonov to enter the U.S. Air Force's multibillion-dollar KC-X competition with up to three aerial tankers. Under the plan, U.S. Aerospace would act as the prime contractor for the partnership, with the group entering the four-engine AN-124-100, a two-engine...

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