Reaching Out

EADS has been in discussions with several aerospace companies in the hopes of securing a key US partner—such as a military aircraft integrator—if it decides to compete for the Air Force’s KC-X tanker contract. Reuters news service reported Tuesday that EADS has reached out to companies including L-3 Communications, Raytheon, and the US unit of Britain’s BAE Systems. Raytheon is definitely out, while L-3 appears to be the most likely player, according to Reuters, citing industry sources and analysts. L-3 is already prime contractor for the Air Force’s C-27J transport. EADS is still mulling whether or not to submit a bid in the aftermath of Northrop Grumman pulling out as leader of the KC-X team they had formed previously. Proposals are due May 10, but the Pentagon has offered to extend the due date by 60 days if EADS is serious about bidding.