Lockheed Sues Pentagon Over Truck Deal

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Lockheed Martin Will File in Court of Federal Claims After GAO Dismisses JLTV Protest.

The company filed the suit Wednesday in the Court of Federal Claims under seal, and it wasn’t clear if Lockheed was seeking an injunction that would force Oshkosh to again stop work on building the first of almost 17,000 new Joint Light Tactical Vehicles for the Army and the Marines.

The No. 1 U.S. defense contractor, Lockheed Martin Corp., is going to court to fight a government decision awarding a $6.75 billion deal to replace the U.S. Oshkosh resumed work on the project Tuesday following a three-month hiatus after the Government Accountability Office dismissed a protest lodged by Lockheed in September, citing the defense company’s decision to mount a challenge in court. The GAO has up to 100 days to sort out the matter and ultimately dismissed the protest. “Recently, we were made aware of a substantial number of documents directly related to the competition that were not provided to the GAO or Lockheed Martin until very late in the protest process,” Lockheed Martin said in a statement on Dec. 15. “We believe this newly discovered information should have been considered by the GAO before issuing a ruling on the protest, however, GAO declined to grant an extension to the 100-day deadline and could not consider the new documents. Lockheed Martin, based in Bethesda, Md., ranked first. “We firmly believe we offered the most capable and affordable solution for the program,” Lockheed said in September, when it lodged its original protest with the U.S.

GAO decided that no additional hearings would be held and no extension would be granted despite the new material – which the source said was larger in volume than all the materials the Army provided throughout the rest of the protest process. Air Force base in Greenland. “We are hopeful that this latest protest filing will not be permitted to further delay the JLTV program and delivery of these vehicles to provide greater protection for our troops in future missions,” said a Oshkosh spokeswoman.

Lockheed is concerned about new documents that emerged during its challenge to the Oshkosh award, according to a person familiar with its legal challenge. Defense analyst Byron Callan at Capital Alpha Partners LLC said the decision to take the matter to court may suggest Lockheed had limited confidence in the GAO’s overturning the original award made in August. Patrick Davidson, vice president of investor relations for Oshkosh, also didn’t immediately respond to a voice-mail message seeking comment on the newly filed legal challenge.

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