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EADS pulls out of US tanker programme

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Europe’s aeronautic defence giant EADS has withdrawn its bid for the US Air Force’s 25-billion euro tanker programme.

The decision by its American partner Northrop Grumman Corp leaves Boeing as the only bidder for the contract.

The Pentagon re-issued bid requests last month for the third time in nine years to replace its fleet of KC-135 refuelling tankers.

EADS had complained that the draft proposal appeared to favour a smaller plane offered by its Chicago-based rival.

Although its bid had won the contract before, this time the firm warned that the US Air Force’s new requirements would impose serious “financial burdens.”