In this artist's depiction provided by Northrop Grumman Corp., a KC-45A refuels a B-2 stealth bomber. The Air Force, Feb. 29, 2007, awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. and a European partner a $35 billion contract to build the airborne refueling planes in one of the biggest Pentagon contracts in decades. The unexpected decision has sparked outrage from union halls to the halls of Congress over the impact on U.S. jobs, prestige and national security. (AP Photo/Northrop Grumman Corp) ** NO SALES **
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Boeing says the Air Force has conceded it chose the more expensive option in awarding a 35 billion-dollar tanker contract to a team led by Northrop Grumman.
The Air Force says it cannot legally comment on the tanker proposals, but Northrop confirms that the Air Force has found that the Boeing tanker proposal included cheaper life-cycle costs.
Boeing's disclosure is its latest attempt to show that the Air Force's award to the parent company of rival Airbus and Northrop was unfair. The company's claims were detailed in documents filed as part of its protest of the contract to the Government Accountability Office.
Kansas officials have said the decision would cost the Wichita area 500 jobs and the state, 3,800.
Kansas Congressman Todd Tiahrt said yesterday the miscalculations show that the tanker contract should be "re-competed.''
The GAO is expected to rule within days.
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