A UH-1N Huey helicopter from the 37th Helicopter Squadron at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, performs close air support during a joint training exercise in the Powder River Training Complex in western South Dakota in Decemeber 2017. Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has rebuffed Sikorsky’s pre-contract-award protest filed over the U.S. Air Force’s UH-1N Huey helicopter replacement program.
The GAO plans to publicly release a formal decision document in the next few weeks, after it has removed sensitive information.
Sikorsky submitted the protest in February, asserting that the Air Force expects the winning bidder to hand over too much intellectual property.
The Air Force plans to buy 84 helicopters to replace its aging Huey fleet. The new helicopter will protect intercontinental ballistic missile fields in Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming and provide emergency transport to support continuity-of-government operations in Washington, D.C.
Sikorsky is offering the HH-60U, a variant of the UH-60M Black Hawk. Other bidders include Boeing, whose MH-139 is based on Leonardo’s AW139, and Sierra Nevada Corp., which proposes to upgrade Army UH-60A Black Hawks into UH-60L Force Hawks.
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