Thursday, August 5, 2010

Sikorsky Protests U.S. Navy's Plan to Buy Russian Helicopters

Sikorsky Aircraft has filed a protest over the U.S. Navy's plan to purchase 21 helicopters from a Russian company to be used in Afghanistan.The protest, filed on Sikorsky's behalf with the U.S. Government Accountability Office by the law firm of Sheppard Muller Richter & Hampton LLP and dated Aug. 3, said the Navy didn't provide justification for its decision to hold a limited competition for the Mi-17 copters made by Kazan Helicopters of Russia. It seeks an automatic suspension of the contract award.The Russian-made Mi-17 is a transport helicopter that can be heavily armed with guns and rockets.

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