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Raytheon’s win of the U.S. Air Force’s Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long Range Radar contract sealed the company’s dominance in the Pentagon’s large-face surface-to-air radar work and shut out competition from Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman – for now.
Behavior thus far from the losing bidders does not indicate they throwing in the towel yet. Both issued statements expressing their “disappointment” at the loss and indicating they felt they provided the best value for the Air Force in their respective bids. In Washington, this means the fat lady has not yet sung.
This is becoming the post-contract-loss norm in Washington. Companies are poised to lodge a protest if they think they have a whiff of a chance at overturning a source selection. And, some lodge protests even if they don’t – to delay a rival’s work or to get corporate intelligence through the protest process on a rival’s design.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Bedlam
Apparently one of the things brought up was that Raytheon has invested in their own foundry to produce Gallium Nitride semiconductors. They're the only ones that have that capacity vertically integrated into the supply chain.