TANKER TALK: Northrop Grumman is likely to forgo a bid on the KC-X tanker contract, JP Morgan analyst Joseph B. Nadol predicts, after a request for proposals released Feb. 24 failed to address concerns that the U.S. Air Force’s criteria favors Boeing’s 767 design over a Northrop/EADS offering (Aerospace DAILY, Feb. 25). Such a move would provide a “much needed shot in the arm” for Boeing’s “growth challenged” defense business, Nadol says, while eliminating the threat of EADS’ Airbus unit ...

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