Donley "very leery" of major change in tanker outline

12/15/2009 | Reuters

Air Force Secretary Michael Donley says no major changes are expected in the RFP for a new aerial refueling tanker, despite objections from one side that the requirements are prejudicial. Northrop Grumman Corp. and partner EADS have threatened to drop out of the $50 billion competition unless significant changes are made, but Donley says he is "very leery" of any moves that would likely compound the controversy. Donley also defended Pentagon demands for a fixed-price contract, arguing that the tankers will be built on existing platforms, reducing the cost risks associated with developing a new product.

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