The stakes are higher in this than most awards that is why Lock is protesting I would think. If it like the Blackhawk program its for the next 50+ years. Plus only 15% of the challenges are upheld so it is an uphill climb. It will be interesting to watch.
And Lockheed does win even with Bell because it is number one system supplier after the engines.
Several folks in the Army Aviation community have expressed to me that they felt the process was rigged against the Defiant.
Looking at the article it appears to bear that out.
Given the type of contract LPTA (Lowest Price Technically Acceptable) and Defiant was BOTH technically acceptable and the lowest priced bid, it seems to smack of the Army using non existent grading materials to attempt to justify Bell’s Valor being the winner.
Now if the Army had been transparent about grading criteria, then several different things may have occurred.
To me it seems some segment of the Source Selection Committee significantly favored a tilt rotor design and the aspects of that, however that wasn’t in the RFP, nor the KPP for the contract. The original draft RFP apparently did have larger range and speed requirements, however those where removed - and for some reason the SSC appears to have given weight to the draft requirements, which had been superseded by the actual contract, and as thus had no weight.
One could argue that if the contract had been written as either Best Value to the Gov or Best Performance (not going to happen outside of certain SOF entities) that the results would be different- but I would expect the GOA to uphold LocMart’s protest and need to reverse the award.