The US aerospace giant Boeing plans to lodge a formal protest Tuesday against the decision by the US Air Force to award a 40-billion-dollar contract to its chief European rival, EADS, which partnered with US Northrup Grumman for the deal. ( dpa )
The company announced its intentions to challenge the deal Monday at its Seattle offices.
The contract award earlier this month came as a heavy blow to Boeing, which has long had an edge over its competitors in procuring military contracts.
The Air Force's current fleet of KC-135 refuelling aircraft were built by Boeing in the 1950s and 1960s.