(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