Rand Hopes UH-1N Replacement Contract Will be Awarded by Summer’s End

Rand Hopes UH-1N Replacement Contract Will be Awarded by Summer’s End

Air Force Gen. Robin Rand, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, said Thursday he hopes the Air Force will pick a source for replacement of the Vietnam-era UH-1N Huey by autumn. Gen. John Hyten, head of the US Strategic Command, last year criticized repeated delays on replacing the helicopters, which defend US nuclear missile fields. In Thursday testimony before a House Armed Services subcommittee, Rand said the request for proposals for the replacement has been released and he said he hopes the “source selection will come before the end of the summer.” In an unusual move, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, filed a pre-award protest with the Government Accountability Office in February, alleging the Air Force’s insistence on owning the intellectual property rights “are inconsistent with the RFP and contrary to law.” The service now is prohibited from awarding a contract until the protest is resolve; the GAO has until May 23 to make its decisions. —Steve Hirsch, AF Ass’n

 

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