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February 24, 2011

Boeing Wins US Air Force KC-X Refueling Aircraft Contract

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Boeing NewGen Tanker

The Pentagon has announced that Boeing‘s bid for the KC-X aerial refueling program beat out the bid of Europe’s EADS.

Boeing’s 767 airliner-based NewGen Tanker design beat out the Airbus A330-based design put forward by EADS.

The Air Force deal, expected to be worth about $35 billion, will cover 175 production aircraft and 4 test platforms over the next 20 years.

The current fleet of Boeing KC-135 and McDonnell Douglas KC-10 refueling aircraft is about 30-40 years old.

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