Airbus, Boeing Revive Intense Rivalry For Bridge Tanker

Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transports in flight
The Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport is operated by several countries’ air services, including the Royal Australian Air Force, whose MRTT is pictured refueling a Boeing C-17.
Credit: Christian Turner/U.S. Air Force
On Feb. 24, 2011, the U.S. Air Force selected Boeing over Airbus for the KC-X tanker contract. The $20.6 billion award closed a bitterly protracted competition but finally established two certain facts: Boeing would deliver the first batch of 179 tankers over the next 18 years, and both sides would...

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