|F/A-18 Super Hornet. Photo: Boeing
[Avionics Magazine 09-15-2016] Boeing says it took the first step toward bringing a formal legal challenge of the Danish Ministry of Defense’s evaluation regarding the country’s next fighter jet after the ministry’s New Fighter Program Office did not recommend the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet. Boeing submitted to the Ministry of Defence a Request for Insight, which requires the ministry to provide all materials related to the fighter procurement evaluation and decision announced in June. Boeing believes the decision not to recommend the F/A-18 was “the product of a flawed evaluation process.”
“As we said when the decision was announced, we believe the Ministry’s evaluation of the competitors was fundamentally flawed and inaccurately assessed the cost and capability of the F/A-18 Super Hornet,” said Debbie Rub, vice president and general manager at Boeing Global Strike. “We’re taking this step because there’s too much at stake for Denmark and, potentially, other countries considering the Super Hornet.”
Boeing presented its concerns with the evaluation process to the Danish Parliament Defence Committee prior to the award decision earlier this year. The company has taken issue particularly with the ministry’s estimate that the Super Hornet would cost up to twice as much as detailed in U.S. Department of Defense budget documents.