After thorough analysis of the Air Force's KC-X tanker solicitation, Northrop Grumman has decided not to bid against Boeing for the rights to build the new aerial refueling aircraft, Wes Bush, Northrop's CEO and president, announced March 8, 2010. Bush said the Air Force's source-selection methodology, as established in the solicitation, "clearly favors" Boeing's NewGen Tanker model, which is smaller than Northrop's A330-based tanker design. Here, an illustration of the notional Northrop tanker refueling an F-22 fighter. The Air Force chose Northrop's tanker over Boeing's 767-based model in 2008, but the decision was later nullified after Boeing won a legal battle.
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