April 20 (Bloomberg) -- European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co. will bid as the lead contractor in a $35 billion contest to provide the U.S. Air Force with aerial refueling tankers in a challenge to Boeing Co., a person familiar with EADS’s plans said.
EADS, the parent of Airbus SAS, is scheduled to hold a news conference at 2 p.m. today in Washington. Guy Hicks, a spokesman for the company, declined to comment.
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