Boeing Co said it offered to build 179 U.S. Air Force tankers at a lower price than in its previous competition for the deal against EADS , then partnered with Northrop Grumman Corp .

We have been able to develop an offer that meets or beats the Air Force's 372 requirements at a price that is less than our previous offer, Jean Chamberlin, general manager of the Boeing bid, told Reuters Friday in a telephone interview.

(Reporting by Jim Wolf; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)