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Thursday, September 21, 2006

AgustaWestland Argues LUH Award Wasn’t “Best Value”

AgustaWestland Argues LUH Award Wasn’t “Best Value”

Two losing bidders in the U.S. Army’s award of the Light Utility Helicopter contract differ on why the decision was flawed but their protests were combined into a single case by the U.S. General Accountability Office which heard arguments during a hearing yesterday. AgustaWestland argues that the Army’s choice of EADS North America’s EC145-based bid was not made on the “best value” basis outlined in the request for proposals but on a “best price” basis. Had it known that was the basis, AgustaWestland argues, it would have bid a version of its smaller, less expensive A109. MD Helicopters’ protest argues its MD902 Explorer bid was the lowest-price offering. The GAO is to rule on the protests by Nov. 8. 

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