The two bidders in the
hotly-contested battle for the KC-X contract to replace the US Air
Force's aging KC-135 tanker fleet, also want a piece of maintaining
the service's newer KC-10 aircraft.
Representatives with Northrop Grumman and Boeing confirmed
Thursday their companies will compete for a nine-year deal to
provide logistical and maintenance for the KC-10 fleet.
The deal could be worth up to $3.8 billion, reports The
Associated Press. According to Northrop Grumman spokesman Dave Apt,
the contract would cover maintenance and repair of the KC-10
refueling system, as well as engine and aircraft upgrades on the
In addition to US Air Force aircraft, the deal also includes the
same services for two KC-10 planes in service with the Royal
Netherlands Air Force.