Boeing officials
filed court documents yesterday in the U.S. District Court in Orlando, Fla.,
to dismiss nine counts in a civil suit brought against the company by Lockheed

Calling the suit an “effort to damage Boeing’s reputation through …
opportunistic litigation,” the filing moves to dismiss all racketeering and
antitrust allegations. According to George Muellner, Air Force Systems senior
vice president and general manager for Boeing, “Lockheed Martin is trying to
stretch alleged facts into violations of laws that do not fit this case.

“We have said that Boeing acknowledges the improper conduct of a few of
its employees in this matter,” Muellner continued. “And, although we disagree
with some of the specific Air Force findings, we are working with the Air
Force to determine the best way forward.

“While the company defends itself in court against the egregious claims by
Lockheed Martin, we will continue to deliver on commitments to our customers
and meet the Air Force’s requirements for lifting the suspension as soon as
possible,” Muellner concluded.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, or IDS,
is one of the world’s largest space and defense businesses. Headquartered in
St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $25 billion business. It
provides systems solutions to its global military, government and commercial
customers. It is a leading provider of intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance; the world’s largest military aircraft manufacturer; the
world’s largest satellite manufacturer and a leading provider of space-based
communications; the primary systems integrator for U.S. missile defense;
NASA’s largest contractor; and a global leader in launch services.