posted on Jan, 5 2013 @ 10:55 AM
Yet again, the USAF bidding process appears to have fallen on its face. The CSAR (Combat Search And Rescue) Helicopter program that the Air Force has
been trying to bid for some time now, may have only one bid submitted, as of the close of bidding on January 3.
Sikorsky has confirmed that they submitted a bid based on the H-60 airframe. Other possible competitors for the contract, valued at $6.8B have said
that they would skip the competition, with one saying that they were considering their options for a legal challenge to the process.
Lieutenant General Charles Davis said that the process was set up to tell the competitors exactly what the Air Force needed in the helicopter, and
what they could afford. Rumors are that the RFP was set up to favor the H-60, which he denied.
Boeing previously won the competition with the H-47 airframe, but lost the $15B contract to legal challenges.
The Air Force has refused comment as to whether only one bid was received. They say that once they select a winner, they can comment.
KC-46 anyone? I swear the Air Force doesn't know how to bid a contract anymore. It seems like every single contract that they bid is overturned at
least once, if not multiple times, because they don't know what they're doing. It's like the Keystone Kops have taken over procurement for
The U.S. Air Force on Friday declined to confirm that it had received only one bid for a $6.8 billion helicopter competition that closed on
Thursday, saying that information was “source selection sensitive.”
All but one of the contractors expected to bid to build a new combat search and rescue helicopters for the Air Force announced last month that they
would not compete, raising the prospect that the Air Force would have to adopt a different approach to the acquisition program.
Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of United Technologies Corp , did submit a bid for the competition, based on its H-60 helicopter, according to a company
spokesman. Other potential competitors confirmed that they had decided to skip the bidding, and at least one of the companies said it was exploring a
possible legal challenge to the terms of the competition.