Britain in talks with Boeing for multi-billion pound air force contract – FT

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(Reuters) – Britain has begun exclusive talks with planemaker Boeing Co (BA.N) for a multi-billion pound contract to replace its fleet of ageing surveillance aircraft for the Royal Air Force, the Financial Times reported.

Signage for Boeing is seen on a trade pavilion at Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, Britain, July 17, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

The decision to move ahead with one potential supplier, expected to be confirmed ahead of a Nato conference this week, will likely spark a backlash from parts of the defense establishment as it has been done without a competitive process, according to the report.

Boeing did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Reporting by Sanjana Shivdas in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta

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