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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Lockheed Protests CSAR-X Again; Sikorsky Weighs Fight

Boeing insists its Chinook HH-47 is the best choice for the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR-X) helicopter even as Lockheed Martin has filed a second protest over the $10-billion-plus competition. Sikorsky Aircraft has not yet decided to protest again. Lockheed filed its second protest June 8 after the Air Force said it would stick to its June 19 deadline for revised bids. Lockheed and Sikorsky contend, formally or informally, that the Air Force’s amended request for proposals does not comply with the recommendations of the U.S. Government Accountability Office, which upheld their original protests of a November 2006 contract award to Boeing. The Air Force said it would only consider new information on life-cycle costs, the focus of the GAO decision. The contractors argue that is too narrow a basis for the reconsideration. For related news

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