WASHINGTON Dec 11 Northrop Grumman Corp
and Italy's Finmeccanica SpA have decided not to bid
for a multibillion dollar contract to build 112 new combat
search and rescue helicopters for the U.S. Air Force, Northrop
said on Tuesday.
Northrop, which teamed up with Finmeccanica's AgustaWestland
in September to bid for the rescue helicopter contract and a
separate U.S. Navy competition for a new presidential
helicopter, said the decision would not affect the team's
pursuit of the second program.
Northrop spokeswoman Margaret Mitchell-Jones said the two
companies decided to skip the Air Force competition after a
thorough analysis of the service's final request for proposals,
or RFP, which was published in October. Bids are due Jan. 3.
"We've reached this conclusion based on an extensive
evaluation of customer requirements under the current RFP,"
Mitchell-Jones said in a statement.