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Divorced defense giants reunited in Reuters office

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It might well have been the business divorce of the year, but it seems there are no hard feelings between the heads of defense contractors Northrop Grumman and jilted European partner EADS. AERO-ARMS-SUMMIT/

The companies had been bidding together to challenge Boeing for a deal worth up to $50 billion to supply aerial tankers to the Air Force. But Northrop pulled out in March leaving EADS, the Franco-German parent company of Airbus, to bid alone.

The two companies’ chief executives crossed paths in the Reuters Washington bureau as they took consecutive speaker spots at an annual Reuters symposium on the aerospace industry.

Frenchman Louis Gallois, the chief executive of EADS, put his arm around Northrop’s Wes Bush and said “Just married!”

EADS chief longs for airplane that is no longer

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What would you guess is the airplane that the head of  the company that produces the Airbus longs for?

Think fast and past.

Concorde,” Louis Gallois, EADS Chairman and CEO, says without hesitation. “It’s a dream.”

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