As Defense News reports, the WTO ruling reported here last week has triggered a wave of congressional spleen against EADS/Northrop-Grumman’s bid in the KC-X competition — notably, as predicted, from representatives of Boeing-friendly constituencies:
“Today’s news further demonstrates that the French tanker should hae been disqualified because of illegal subsidies,” Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan.
“We need an American tanker built by an American company with American workers,” Tiahrt said.
Boeing aircraft built in Washington are militarized for service as tankers in Kansas.
Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., said “the U.S. government cannot reward illegal market actions that have harmed U.S. manufacturers and stolen U.S. aerospace jobs.”