WASHINGTON Oct 23 The U.S. Navy said on
Wednesday it issued a stop-work order to Raytheon Co on
a next-generation Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) valued at
$1.6 billion after Lockheed Martin Corp filed a protest
of the contract award.
Navy spokeswoman Commander Thurraya Kent declined to comment
on the protest or the contract decision.
"The contract was awarded following a full and open
competition," she said.
Lockheed, the Pentagon's top supplier and maker of the Aegis
combat system, said on Tuesday that it had filed a formal
protest with the Government Accountability Office against the
U.S. Navy's contract award to Raytheon.
Raytheon said it remained confident in its proposed
solution. "We're eager to move forward and deliver this much
needed AMDR capability to the Navy," said spokesman Dave
Desilets. "We'll trust the process and will work closely with
our customer to mitigate any resulting delays once resolved."
Lockheed spokesman Keith Little said Lockheed decided to
challenge the Navy contract award because it did not believe the
merits of its bid had been properly considered during the Navy's
evaluation process. He said Lockheed's bid was technically
compliant and offered "a very affordable price."
The GAO, an arm of Congress that oversees disputes about
federal contract awards, has 100 days to review the protest. Its
ruling is expected by Jan. 30.
Earlier this month, Raytheon beat out Lockheed and Northrop
Grumman Corp to win the contract to design a
next-generation air and missile defense radar for use on the
Navy's Aegis destroyers starting in 2016.