Reports: Northrop won’t bid, but EADS might
The Times report cites an unnamed source described only as “a person familiar with the details.”
According to the Times, a formal announcement with come from Northrop this afternoon, after the stock markets close in New York — which would be sometime after 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time.
If true, that leaves Boeing’s proposed NewGen tanker, based on its 767 airframe, as the only bid for the contract. But as The Herald in Everett reported this morning, that doesn’t make it a slam dunk for Boeing. With a sole-bid contract, you can be sure that Congress — particularly members of the pro-Northrop Alabama delegation — will closely scrutinize the deal to ensure that Boeing’s not indulging in price-gouging.
In addition, Reuters is reporting that Northrop’s partner in the tanker project, Airbus parent company EADS, is still considering entering a bid on its own.
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