Airbus-Lockheed bid to secure foothold in U.S. military market
Almost eight years after losing a historic U.S. Air Force tanker competition to rival Boeing Co, Europe's Airbus is teaming up with a new partner, top U.S. arms maker Lockheed Martin, to pursue billions of dollars of follow-on orders, sources familiar with the matter said.
Airbus and Lockheed signed an agreement in Madrid last week that marks the company's first major bid to secure a foothold in the huge U.S. military market since it's failed 2012 bid to merge with Britain's BAE Systems and its large U.S. unit.
The agreement kicks off a rerun of an epic battle between the world largest planemakers - Airbus and Boeing - that lasted for nearly a decade and saw two former Boeing executives sent to federal prison for ethics violations.
(With inputs from agencies.)