Rumors circulating in early June 2010 that EADS North America has found a major US partner for its KC-X tanker bid appear to be incorrect. Guy Hicks, EADS North America spokesman, says the company already has the teammates that it needs in place. "We have assembled a strong US industrial team and we are prepared to compete and will submit a responsive and compelling proposal," he told the Daily Report, June 10, 2010. KC-X bids are due July 9, 2010. EADS is pitted against Boeing. Here, six KC-135 tankers move on the taxiway at RAF Mildenhall, England. KC-X tankers will start to replace the Eisenhower-era KC-135 fleet.
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