EADS North America announced April 20, 2010, that it will pursue the KC-X tanker program, with itself as the prime contractor. Company officials, speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, said their KC-45 is a maturing design with a new refueling boom that is well into testing, vs. Boeing’s Next GenTanker, which they called an "artist’s concept." Sean O’Keefe, EADS North America CEO, suggested that the Boeing entry, though smaller, will cost more because of the practical unknowns involved with designing a new airplane "from scratch." Company chairman Ralph Crosby said the KC-45, with more than five years of development, construction, and testing, and with five competition wins under its belt, will prevail. Here, the A330 MRTT’s, the basis for the KC-45, demonstrates its Aerial Refueling Boom System with fuel transfers to F-16 fighters.
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