WASHINGTON, July 18 Britain's BAE Systems PLC
on Thursday filed a formal protest against the U.S.
Navy's decision to award a contract for a next-generation
electronic jammer to Raytheon Co, a U.S. spokesman for
the company said.
BAE spokesman Brian Roehrkasse said BAE decided to lodge a
protest with the U.S. Government Accountability Office because
it had "concerns with the Navy's evaluation of our offering." He
did not elaborate.
"The solution we put forward would provide the U.S. Navy
with an affordable and effective way to significantly enhance
current capabilities and protect our aircraft, ships, and armed
forces," Roehrkasse said.
Raytheon on July 8 beat out incumbent Northrop Grumman Corp
and BAE Systems to win a $279 million deal to develop a
new electronic jammer, a deal analysts said could eventually be
worth billions of dollars.
Under the 22-month contract, Raytheon is slated to develop
the Next Generation Jammer, which will replace the ALQ-99
tactical jamming system used on the EA-18G Growler aircraft
built by Boeing Co.
No comment was immediately available from the Navy, which
says the new jammer will be critical for future combat missions
and should be ready for use by fiscal 2020. The jamming pods
will enable U.S. aircraft to render enemy radars useless.
Raytheon, Northrop, BAE and Exelis Inc each had won
a 33-month technology contract that identified and matured
critical technologies for the new jamming system. Northrop later
teamed up with Exelis to submit a joint bid.