Feb 29 2008

Shelby: Tanker Decision Right for America- Right for Alabama

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today applauded the U.S. Air Force’s decision to award its tanker contract to the Northrop Grumman/ EADS team. 

“Throughout this process, I have been a staunch supporter of the Northrop Grumman/EADS offering,” said Shelby.  “The KC-30 is by far the most superior platform in design, fuel efficiency and overall capability.  Not only is this the right decision for our military, but it is great news for Alabama.  Our state’s highly skilled workforce is ready for this challenge and will take full advantage of this opportunity to bolster Alabama’s burgeoning economy and support the American warfighter.”

“This contract will change the landscape of south Alabama,” said Shelby.  “Our state is on a roll economically and the tanker contract adds to the growing momentum.  Bringing these jobs to Alabama will solidify our stellar reputation as an industrial leader and send a strong message to the rest of the world: Alabama is open for business.” 

Northrop Grumman/EADS will build its tanker in Mobile, Alabama.  This contract is expected to bring up to 1,800 jobs to the Mobile area and 5,000 to the state of Alabama.  The initial order of 179 aircraft is worth up to $40 billion over the next decade.