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Are we about to witness one of the most heartbreaking divorces in the aerospace industry? To be followed by a groundbreaking new engagement?
According to an unconfirmed report - I repeat: UN-CON-FIR-MED- from a French industry newsletter, EADS is reviewing radically its strategy in the
. So far, EADS' presence in United States - represented by Ralph Crosby - was based on a somewhat difficult but close relationship with Northrop Grumman. But this era could be over. Disappointed by the poor results of the KC-X air tanker campaign, Tom Enders is now courting.... Lockheed Martin as EADS's partner of choice in the America . The objective of the talks would be to create a strategic transatlantic alliance between the two giants, aimed at opening up each other's markets and rebalancing their respective portfolios. ... US
Moreover, according to the (read my lips: unconfirmed) report, EADS could let Lockheed have an industrial share in the civilian A350 program, marking Lockheed's re-entry to the civil aerospace market. And provided Lockheed helps market the A400M in the
alongside the C-130J, the American giant could have better access to the semi-closed European defense market. US
Unconfirmed report: EADS courts Lockheed as US partner?
This potentially inflammatory item appeared yesterday in an English-language newsletter by the aerospace industry intelligence arm of France's ADIT firm:
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