With little to lose and much to gain, EADS is now pursuing a solo bid for the U.S. Air Force’s $35-billion KC-135 replacement program. This path seemed virtually unthinkable a few months ago; however, a win would be the single most significant step in boosting the company’s revenue in the U.S., which is largely dependent on commercial sales. Just six weeks after Northrop Grumman dropped out as prime contractor and following a series of failed negotiations attempting to secure another ...

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