U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala), today made the following statement after the announcement by the Department of the Defense that it would extend the deadline for submitting bids on a new aerial refueling tanker.
"The Department of Defense made the right decision today in extending the deadline for bids on a new aerial refueling tanker. A sole-sourced contract would have served only Boeing's interests. The presence of a competitor better serves the interest of our warfighters and American taxpayers. It is my hope that EADS will be able to offer a competitive bid, despite the fact that the RFP has been skewed toward Boeing from the beginning."