Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, is “reviewing” its “options” after
the Government Accountability Office dismissed its pre-award protest of
the Air Force’s UH-1N helicopter replacement program, allowing the
service to move forward with source selection.
“We remain confident the
Sikorsky HH-60U offering is the strongest, most capable and only
technically compliant solution for the UH-1N Huey replacement program,”
company spokeswoman Melissa Chadwick told Air Force Magazine in an
emailed statement. “We remain committed to supporting the Air Force and
providing them with a proven, in-production military aircraft for the
critical no-fail mission of protecting our nation’s nuclear missile
silos and supporting the continuity-of-government mission.”
highly unusual decision to protest
before USAF awarded a contract, was based primarily on concerns related
to intellectual property rights.
Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek
said the service planned to award a contract for "up to 84" replacement
helicopters by the end of the fiscal year.
"The Air Force remains
committed to delivering a UH-1N replacement as soon as possible. UH-1Ns
are one part of a multi-layered ICBM defense system," said Stefanek.
"DOD will continue to take actions necessary to mitigate UH-1N
capability shortfalls. Our nation's nuclear deterrent remain safe,
secure, effective, and ready."
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