Update, March 29: Airbus CEO Tom Enders now says a decision will be made in two-three weeks.
Geneva, Switzerland: EADS will decide within days whether to pursue a bid on the KC-X tanker program, this column has learned.
The Pentagon has yet to officially decide whether to grant a 90 day extension so EADS can be fully briefed on what is necessary to make a bid, something that Northrop Grumman had previously done as the prime contractor. EADS needs to be brought up to speed on everything Northrop learned during the previous effort to bid on the tanker.
Contrary to the histrionics of those complaining about the prospect of a 90 day extension, this is not unknown in DOD procurement.
Indications are that the DOD will grant an extension.