The Pentagon says it will extend the bidding deadline for a contract to supply aerial tankers if it receives notice that European aerospace giant EADS will make an offer. The move comes amid charges that the bidding process favours US firm Boeing.
The Pentagon said on Wednesday that it may extend the bidding deadline for a contract to supply the US military with aerial refueling tankers to allow European aerospace giant EADS enough time to apply. The move follows European allegations that the US Department of Defence favoured US manufacturer Boeing by changing the bidding terms of the $35 billion contract.
“If we receive formal notification from EADS of their intention to make an offer, we will extend the deadlines for bids from May 10 to July 9,” Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell told a press conference on Wednesday, a move that would give all bidders an additional 60 days to submit their offers. EADS, the European Aeronautic Defence & Space Company and parent company of Airbus, had earlier asked for a 90-day extension.
Spokesman Guy Hicks said in an email that the European contractor had already “firmly indicated that a 90-day extension would be the minimum time necessary to prepare a responsible proposal” but that EADS would “consider” the new deadline.
Date created : 2010-04-01