The Defense Department appears to be standing by the July 9, 2010 deadline for submitting KC-X tanker bids, despite the late-entry team of US Aerospace-Antonov asking for a 60-day filing extension during the first week of July 2010, according to defense officials and press reports. The US Aerospace-Antonov pairing has entered the KC-X playing field already occupied by aerospace heavyweights Boeing and EADS North America. Here a KC-135, the tanker type that KC-X will replace, refuels a B-52 bomber over the Pacific Ocean.
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