U.S. Navy orders Raytheon to halt radar work after protest


WASHINGTON, Oct 23 (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy on Wednesdaysaid it had issued a stop-work order to Raytheon Co on anext-generation Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) valued at$1.6 billion after Lockheed Martin Corp filed a protestof the contract award.

Navy spokeswoman Commander Thurraya Kent said Raytheon hadbeen told to halt work on the program, but declined to commenton the protest or any specifics about how the decision was made."The contract was awarded following a full and opencompetition," she said.

Lockheed, the Pentagon's top supplier and maker of the Aegiscombat system, on Tuesday said it had filed a formal protestwith the Government Accountability Office against the U.S.Navy's contract award to Raytheon.

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