Military Aerospace Technology Today is: Oct 10, 2007
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Published: Feb 21, 2007

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Air Force Says It Will Comply With Intent of GAO CSAR-X Recommendations

The CSAR-X aircraft program worth between $10 billion and $15 billion

by Rodney Pringle

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The Air Force has announced that it intends to “comply with the intent of the recommendations more narrowly” made by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in the agency’s decision to uphold the protest of the service’s contract for 140 combat, search and rescue (CSAR-X) aircraft. The GAO ruled this week that the Air Force had erred in its contract award to Boeing for a variant of the company’s H-47. It cited lifecycle cost issues in recommending that the service redo the competition. Boeing and the two protesting companies—Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky—all released statements saying that they have seen the decision and are reviewing it. The Air Force has yet to say how it intends to comply with GAO ruling or what it would entail.

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