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  • ibcnu2day69 ibcnu2day69 Mar 30, 2007 8:39 PM Flag



    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

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