Washington, D.C. – House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) released the following statement on Northrop Grumman’s decision not to submit a bid  for the U.S. Air Force’s KC-X tanker replacement program:


“While I’m disappointed that the Air Force will not have the KC-X competition we had hoped for, the Air Force needs to move on and get this program done.  The KC-X program will replace the KC-135, a fleet with an average age of over 46 years, and we need to begin the replacement of this aging fleet without any further delay.”