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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Within weeks, the U.S. Air Force will launch a third attempt in eight years to replace its aging fleet of KC-135 aerial tankers and the new competition promises to be even more contentious than the last.
Both Northrop Grumman Corp (NOC.N) and Boeing Co (BA.N) have teams of lawyers and acquisition experts standing by, ready to scrutinize every word of the draft request for proposals (RFP) and pounce on any sign that the terms are biased toward one of the two competitors.