Despite a protest from BAE Systems that was supported by the Government Accountability Office, the Navy decided to stick with its original decision to award a multibillion-dollar contract for the next generation of communication and radar jamming technology to Raytheon.
The GAO sustained a protest by BAE over the Navy award of a contract to Raytheon for the Next-Generation Jammer, valued at $10 billion over the next 20 years.
The agency ruled that the Navy ignored evidence of significant weakness in the Raytheon bid and failed to reasonably measure technical risk; understating BAE Systems experience and improperly credited Raytheon with outdated experience; and conducted improper discussions with Raytheon after proposals were entered.
The Nashua-based defense contractor, New Hampshire s biggest manufacturing employer, also offered a better price.
The Navy agreed to reconsider all three original bids from Northrop Grumman, BAE, and Raytheon, and on 17 January 2014, announced that it was re-awarding the contract to Raytheon. Paul Roberts, a BAE spokesman said, We protested the award based on concerns with the Navy s evaluation of our offering and our protest was sustained by the GAO. We are disappointed with this decision and are currently considering all of our options.