Tanker Deal Contractors: Split O.K.

Boeing, in a long-running tussle with Northrop/EADS over the $35 billion deal, says it would accept a split contract

While Defense Secretary Robert Gates is calling for a new winner-takes-all competition to build a new airborne refueling tanker for the U.S. Air Force, the two ferocious competitors are for the first time publicly indicating a willingness to split the purchase.

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