Maintenance cost sole CSAR-X contract issue
Posted : Friday Mar 30, 2007 19:16:15 EDT
The debate over who should build the Air Force�s next combat search and rescue helicopter just got a lot easier for the Air Force to settle.
Instead of having to reconsider a wide range of issues raised by the two firms that lost the bid to build the CSAR-X helicopter, the Air Force will have to reconsider only a narrow disagreement � how the service calculates the long-term maintenance costs of the helicopters and how that figures into ranking the bids.
The Government Accountability Office informed the Air Force today that all other protest issues surrounding the CSAR-X contract award, other than maintenance cost issues, have been denied.
Air Force officials hadn�t expected the GAO to rule on the other protested items until June.
In a March 29 decision, the GAO denied all of the additional arguments raised by Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin Systems Integration, �finding that none furnished an additional basis for sustaining the protests.�
The firms filed protests in November after Boeing Co.�s HH-47 won the $15 billion contract for 141 helicopters.
�This is good news for the Air Force,� said Brig. Gen. Michelle Johnson, Air Force spokesperson. �It allows us to focus on the GAO�s Feb. 26 recommendation and move forward with our No. 2 [Air Force] acquisition priority.�
The Air Force is getting ready to ask the three firms to present revised proposals regarding maintenance costs.
If the evaluation of the revised proposals results in a change to the CSAR-X rankings, the Air Force will make any necessary changes in the contract award decision, Johnson said.
All content � 2007, Army Times Publishing Company
I am not going to bother to answer you. Go at it and waste your time on the one-sided non-sense you post! The point is nothing will happen now for probably a year or so because the stupidity of this decision on the Air Forces part.
The story I'm hearing is that Boeing will close the Philadelphia facility if they don't get the CSAR award.
Also, the Republicans are pissed that Curt Weldon(a very popular member of Congress who had helped out many fellow Republicans) had some trash by the Dems thrown on him right before the election and his electorate ate it up, throwing him out of office after the many years he fought very hard for his district......Can you say payback!
You can say all what you want to say, but funds meant for the CSAR-X are bring shifted to other higher priority programs. The Air Force doesn't expect this program to go forward for at least another year. More and more politicians are beginning to ask the Air Force for data and justification in selecting the Chinook. Because of it Boeing is worried and has gone on the defensive.
In fact the Army version is doing a wonderful job in showing why it shouldn't have been selected. Also, since this product is virtually developed, why the 3 billion dollar higher price tag?
Does an extra set of rotors and the higher wash from those rotors justify the higher price tag?