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Airbus Works on Final Aerial Tanker Bid, Claiming Edge on Boeing
December 17, 2010, 3:34 AM EST
By Andrea Rothman
Dec. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Airbus Military said its working on a final bid in the $35 billion U.S. Air Force airborne tanker contest as it seeks to trump Boeing Co. in a delayed competition that has already spanned nine years.
Airbuss defense arm is bullish about winning the order because its A330 airliner-based model offers greater capability than Boeings 767, Domingo Urena Raso, the units chief executive officer, said in an interview in Toulouse, France.
Our plane is bigger, it has a cabin in which you can do medical evacuation or transport soldiers or ground crews, and it provides more fuel capacity, hence flying further and being able to refuel more fighters, he said. Youd otherwise need two or three different aircraft to perform the same types of mission.
Boeing said its bid meets all mandatory requirements and that Airbuss plane is oversized. The Air Force said Nov. 20 it would delay making a choice until early 2011 after mistakenly disclosing both bidders data on combat-mission analysis. Urena Raso declined to comment on how the proposals might be affected by the revelations, which didnt include pricing information.
Airbus is still answering final questions about its plane, which would carry 270 troops and ground equipment in addition to fuel, Urena Raso said, and expects the Pentagon to ask for final bids shortly, ahead of an evaluation period to pick the winner.
The Airbus tanker was originally chosen by the U.S. Air Force over Boeings proposal in 2007, only
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