Alabama Firm Sues Boeing Over Air Force Contract

Alabama Aircraft Industries has accused its former partner Boeing of winning a $1.1 billion Air Force contract by stealing proprietary information.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama Aircraft Industries has filed a lawsuit accusing its former partner Boeing Co. of winning a $1.1 billion Air Force contract by stealing proprietary information.

The Birmingham News reports (http://bit.ly/p953B0) that Birmingham-based Alabama Aircraft outlined the allegations in a lawsuit filed late last week in Jefferson County Circuit Court.

A spokesman with Chicago-based Boeing told the newspaper that the lawsuit is baseless and will be vigorously defended.

The lawsuit centers on the battle for a U.S. Air Force contract to maintain KC-135 aerial refueling tankers.

Boeing and Birmingham-based Alabama Aircraft were once partners in a joint venture, and the Alabama company is alleging unfair tactics in the bidding and award process associated with the Air Force contract.

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