NEWARK, N.J. (CN) – Raytheon Co. landed a lucrative contract to develop state-of-the-art GPS-based aircraft landing systems for the U.S. Navy by striking an exclusive deal with Rockwell Collins, maker of the only existing radio technology that could meet the Navy’s specifications, Honeywell International claims in Federal Court.
The only two bidders for the Navy contract were Honeywell and Raytheon, which conspired with Rockwell Collins to control production of the ARC-210 radio, an essential component of the landing technology, the lawsuit claims.
The contract winner stood to make millions of dollars for simply developing prototypes of the landing systems, and billions once it sold the final products to the Navy and other military branches.
Honeywell claims the bidding was effectively rigged. It demands full compensation for its damages, including lost profits, and asks for an injunction preventing the defendants from future conspiracy.
Plaintiff counsel is Boies, Schiller & Flexner.