Sean O'Keefe, head of EADS’s North American operations, told journalists on Jan. 12, 2010, that he hasn't seen indications yet that the Air Force desires major technological improvements in the new KC-X tanker over what it already possesses in the KC-135, reported the New York Times. He said the KC-X draft solicitation calls for a tanker replacement and not true tanker modernization. EADS is Northrop Grumman's principal teammate in trying to secure the KC-X contract. O'Keefe repeated the Northrop-led team's threat not to submit a bid unless the final version of the solicitation reflects changes that would give his team a "fair" chance. Here, Eisenhower-era KC-135s assigned to US Air Forces in Europe on the flightline. KC-X tankers will replace KC-135s.
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