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Boeing and Lockheed Are Heading Toward a GPS Bidding War

  • Draft request for proposals seeks industry input on contest
  • Boeing vows to challenge Lockheed’s hold on troubled program
Kenyan Maasai warriors track lions via GPS.

Kenyan Maasai warriors track lions via GPS.

Photographer: Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images

The Air Force is taking the final step toward a probable multibillion-dollar competition that would give Boeing Co. a second shot against incumbent Lockheed Martin Corp. for as many as 22 new Global Positioning System III satellites.

The service has scheduled an “industry day” in El Segundo, California, on July 20 to solicit company input, according to a new draft Request For Proposals. The draft and the industry day “will inform” a final request, Captain AnnMarie Annicelli, an Air Force spokeswoman, said in an email.