Airbus, NGC Win Tanker Contract

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A European aerospace consortium and the Northrop Grumman Corp. Friday won a $30 billion to $40 billion contract to begin replacing the Air Force's aging fleet of aerial tankers. The decision to use an airplane built in Europe was a stunning setback for The Boeing Co.and it ignited an instant firestorm on Capitol Hill.

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This decision is disturbing in a few ways... First, N-G fabricates many of the airframe components for Boeing products. Secondly, it is evident that Boeing marketing / corporate mindset has not changed. The Boeing exec's should have taken a lesson from the stealth program contracts. Or, was this their way of beginning the demise of all commercial production in the States? IMPO, I don't trust the composite airframes to hold up to the stress of defense utilization. I sure hope this contractual decision does not endanger the lives of our service members.
 


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