WASHINGTON, April 15 General Dynamics Corp
said late Monday it would not ask the congressional
Government Accountability Office to rule on a U.S. Army vehicle
competition that it says is skewed to favor its competitor,
Britain's BAE Systems Plc.
The Army on April 4 rejected a protest that General Dynamics
had filed with it over the rules for a multibillion dollar
competition for a new armored vehicle, starting a 10-day clock
for General Dynamics to take its concerns to the next level
through a formal protest with the GAO.
The company said it would continue to fight for changes in
the Army's handling of a competition for a new Armored
Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) before companies submit their bids
in late May. No additional details were provided.
"We will continue to discuss the AMPV program with the U.S.
Department of Defense and the Congress. We do not believe a GAO
protest is the right forum for this issue and we will not file
one," General Dynamics spokesman Pete Keating said in a
The Army's new AMPV, one of few new weapons development
programs available for U.S. ground vehicle makers, is intended
to replace nearly 2,900 Vietnam-era M113 infantry carriers at a
cost of $5 billion to nearly $7 billion.
The stakes are high for industry given that the Army
canceled plans for a second, even larger combat vehicle
competition, and demand is down given tough budget pressures and
the expected withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
General Dynamics has argued that the Army's request for
proposals for the new armored vehicle favors BAE's tracked
Bradley Fighting Vehicle while putting General Dynamics wheeled
Stryker vehicles at a disadvantage.
(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Stephen Coates)