US Air Force ask GAO to reopen helicopter decision

WASHINGTON, March 14 (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force has asked the Government Accountability Office to re-examine its decision to uphold a protest of a $15 billion Boeing Co. BA.N helicopter contract, the GAO said on Wednesday.

“They filed a request for reconsideration,” Michael Golden, GAO managing associate general counsel, told Reuters. He gave no details of the request, which is under a protective order.

One Air Force official, who asked not to be named, said the service had asked GAO to examine over 20 issues raised by the protesting companies -- Sikorsky, a unit of United Technologies Corp. UTX.N; and Lockheed Martin Corp. LMT.N -- but not addressed by GAO in its initial ruling last month.

((Reporting by Andrea Shalal-Esa, editing by J.S. Benkoe; Reuters Messaging:, email:; +1 202 354 5807))

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