WASHINGTON Dec 11 The U.S. unit of Europe's
EADS on Tuesday joined several other big companies in
saying it would skip the U.S. Air Force's competition to buy 112
new combat rescue helicopters.
EADS North America Chief Executive Sean O'Keefe had signaled
that the company might not submit a bid for the work at the
Farnborough air show last July.
At the time, he expressed frustration about the narrow way
the Air Force had written the terms of the competition.
Earlier, Northrop Grumman Corp and Boeing Co
also said they would not compete for the work, whose value has
been capped by the Air Force at $6.84 billion.