WASHINGTON Jan 23 Boeing Co and General
Dynamics Corp have agreed to a $400 million deal to
settle the last of a series of legal disputes with the U.S.
government over its 1991 decision to cancel the A-12 stealth
aircraft program, the Justice Department said on Thursday.
Under the agreement, the two weapons makers will each
provide the U.S. Navy with $200 million in aircraft or services,
the department said. It said the U.S. government would not pay
any money in connection with the companies' claims.
The companies had sued the U.S. government in federal claims
court to retain $1.3 billion in contract awards plus over $1
billion in additional sums, plus interest. The case dragged on
for 23 years, involving five trials and three appeals, including
one to the U.S. Supreme Court.