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Dark-horse tanker contestant files protest

Could the tanker contest get any more controversial?

U.S. Aerospace, a Los Angeles-based contractor, has now filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office, a month after bids were due to replace the U.S. Air Force’s aging fleet of refueling tanker, according to the Washington Post.

The protest was filed Monday.

Last month, U.S. Aerospace issued a press release saying the components of a tanker would be built by Antonov in the Ukraine, although the planes would be assembled in the U.S.

Boeing and EADS are the main contenders for the contract.

The tanker contest has been fraught with controversy, scandal and protests  for nearly a decade. This is the Air Force’s third attempt to replace the tankers.

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