Seven US military launch contracts valued at $560 million have been awarded to Lockheed Martin, comprising the first half of sanctions levied against Boeing.

The US Air Force is expected to award three more launch contracts to Lockheed Martin to complete a $1 billion penalty imposed on Boeing in the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) scandal, which has also resulted in the suspension of three Boeing space units for accepting 25,000 pages on Lockheed Martin's EELV bid, and failing to disclose the action for about four years.

The sanctions are expected to be lifted in time for Boeing to bid on another round of 15-20 launch contracts.

A request for proposals is expected to be released before the end of the year.

Source: Flight International