The U.S. Army has determined that Lockheed Martin's proposal for a $6 billion manned spy plane project does not meet requirements and ordered the company to stop work on the project. Lockheed now has 60 days to prove it can provide an acceptable product. The Army may decide to cancel the program. The unarmed Aerial Common Sensor is intended to fly at 37,000 feet and detect enemy signals and track troop movements. Lockheed planned to use a regional jet built by Brazil's Embraer, but the Army decided the plane is too small.
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