WLOX, 2/29/8

Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Friday said the U.S. Air Force’s decision to award its tanker contract to Northrop Grumman/EADS will lead to up to 2,000 jobs created along the Gulf Coast.

The $40 billion contract is for 179 tankers that Northrop Grumman/EADS will build in Mobile, Alabama.

“This announcement is a huge victory for the Gulf Coast,” Senator Roger Wicker said. “I’ve been a strong supporter of Northrop Grumman/EADS throughout this process and I commend the Air Force for making what I’ve always believed was the right choice for this contract.”