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Thursday, October 25, 2007

USAF Issues New CSAR-X Draft RFP

Jim McKenna

Senior U.S. Air Force officials are briefing members of Congress and their staffs today on its latest effort to pick a new helicopter for combat search and rescue missions. The service sent out a draft request for proposals around midnight on Oct. 23 to the bidders: Boeing, the team of Lockheed Martin, AgustaWestland, and Bell Helicopter, and Sikorsky Aircraft. Two separate sets of protests by the other teams overturned the Air Force's selection of Boeing last November for the $10-billion-plus contract to replace its aging fleet of 100 Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawks. The Air Force wants comments on the latest draft request, with the objective of getting new bids from the three by mid-November. That would allow a new contract award for more than 140 aircraft before mid-2008. For related news
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