US Aerospace and Antonov Unite for US Tanker Contract

6 July 2010 (Last Updated July 6th, 2010 18:30)

US Aerospace has teamed up with Antonov to bid for the US Air Force's new-generation aerial tanker competition, which is worth approximately $50bn. US Aerospace requested that the Pentagon allows a 60-day extension for it to prepare its bid, which was expected by 16 June 2010, according

US Aerospace has teamed up with Antonov to bid for the US Air Force's new-generation aerial tanker competition, which is worth approximately $50bn.

US Aerospace requested that the Pentagon allows a 60-day extension for it to prepare its bid, which was expected by 16 June 2010, according to Reuters.

Antonov will modify an existing military cargo plane, which will include a rear cargo door, a more stable airframe, and be capable of landing on dirt runways for the tanker competition.

US Aerospace will offer its AN-124-KC, AN-122-KC and AN-112-KC models to be built by Antonov in Ukraine with final assembly in the US.