The Associated Press
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
9:55 PM CST, November 19, 2010
The Air Force says it mistakenly sent Boeing and EADS North America information about each other's aerial refueling tanker bids.
Air Force Col. Les Kodlick told The Seattle Times Friday, a clerical error earlier this month was to blame for the mixup in which a "limited amount of identical source selection information was sent to both competitors about the other competitor's offer."
Boeing is offering a military version of its 767 in competition with European defense contractor EADS, which will use an Airbus A330.
The Pentagon is expected to award a $35 billion contract for 179 planes early next year. Replacing the fleet of aging tankers could be worth up to $100 billion.
Kodlick says both companies noticed the problem and contacted the Air Force.
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