The U.S. Air Force is expected to decide as early as March whether to stick with Boeing's original next-generation, secure communications terminal or opt for a competing design from Raytheon, according to industry officials. Raytheon lost the Family of Beyond-Line-of-Sight terminals contract, designed for secure communications for USAF aircraft, nearly 11 years ago. But the company got its foot back in the door due to technical problems with Boeing's $4.7 billion development program.

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