Only a select few know whether top acquisition officials picked Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research) or a team led by Northrop Grumman Corp (NOC.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and its European partner, Airbus parent EADS (EAD.PA: Quote, Profile, Research), to build 179 new refueling aircraft. The deal is valued at $30 billion to $40 billion over the next 10 to 15 years.
Most analysts expect Boeing to win the contract, but Northrop insists it still has a fighting chance.
Air Force officials had hoped to announce the news as early as Monday after a key Pentagon meeting, but two defense officials said an announcement was unlikely before Wednesday, and might not come until Friday.
Expect protests and lawsuits and who knows what else.