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New York, Geneva (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense Europe) Mar 21, 2010

Pentagon may extend deadline for air tanker competition With EADS reportedly indicating to the Pentagon its possible interest in bidding on the potential $40 billion contract for a U.S. Air Force tanker, the Department of Defense has said it may be willing to extend its deadline on bids beyond the May 10 deadline. A Pentagon spokesman said the department would welcome the chance to provide more time to to help create competition for one of the biggest defense deals in U.S. history. With Northrop Grumman dropping out of the competition, Boeing is currently the sole bidder. Mar 19, 2010

Three companies vying for Brazil jet contract pass evaluation All three contenders for the multi-billion-dollar contract to supply Brazil's air force with 36 new fighter jets have reportedly passed a technical evaluation. The three jets under consideration include Dassault's Rafale fighter, Saab's Gripen NG aircraft and Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet. Mar 19, 2010

AgustaWestland The Indian air force has signed a EUR560 million contract for 12 AgustaWestland AW101 three engine utility helicopters that will be used for government transport. The contract includes logistic support and aircrew and technician training. Mar 21, 2010

Airbus Airbus hopes for 200-plus Pentagon orders for A400M. Airbus hopes to sell more than 200 of its A400M transport planes to the U.S., the head of the company's military unit said on Monday. A big order for the much-delayed transporter would help ease the sting after parent company EADS lost its U.S. partner in bidding for the lucrative KC-X tanker contract. "For us, the United States is a key country," Domingo Urena told reporters in Paris. "It's out of the question that we don't go over to compete in the United States, insofar as the Americans give us the opportunity to do it," he said, adding that Airbus might seek a U.S. partner in pushing the A400M to the Pentagon. Mar 16, 2010

Airbus, EADS Airbus parent EADS may formally extend the timetable on "ambitious" growth objectives in the US defence and security market in the wake of its withdrawal from the USD35 billion US Air Force KC-X refuelling tanker competition. EADS North America has confirmed that the company could submit a proposal for the KC-X tanker contract as a prime contractor, although several concerns about the timing and fairness of the competition remain. Mar 18, 2010

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