Murtha: Boeing, Northrop should split tanker work

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The chairman of the House Appropriations
Subcommittee on Defense, Rep. John Murtha, says he favors splitting
a potential $40 billion Air Force tanker refueling contract between
two rival aircraft giants.

Murtha, a Pennsylvannia Democrat, made the comment Thursday on a
visit to Mobile, which is trying to land the contract for Northrop
Grumman/EADS at an Alabama port city site.

The Boeing Co. is also competing for the contract, and Murtha
says both corporations should get some of the work.

The Air Force selected Northrop Grumman/EADS for the aerial
tanker project last year, but then it reopened the bidding after
the Government Accounting Office found flaws with the decision.

Murtha said an alternative approach is needed to get the
refueling tankers built.


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