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USAF Gives Firms ‘Til January for Latest CSAR-X Bids

By Staff Writer | November 30, 2007

The U.S. Air Force released its fifth amendment to a request for proposals for a new combat search-and-rescue helicopter. The notice follows face-to-face meetings earlier this month with competitors for the $10-billion-plus contract. Those competitors--Boeing, Sikorsky Aircraft, and the team of Lockheed Martin, AgustaWestland, and Bell Helicopter--have until late January to respond to the new notice with revised bids. The procurement to replace about 100 aging Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawks has been on hold since the U.S. Government Accountability Office upheld protests from Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky to the Air Force's choice of Boeing's CH-47 for the contract. Air Force officials hope to award a new contract for 141 aircraft by mid-2008. For related news

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