Acting Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley has been very clear that he wants a contract awarded for combat search and rescue helicopters by the end of the year.
You may recall the CSAR-X acquisition has been in limbo since Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky successfully protested — twice! — the original contract awarded in November 2006 to Boeing for HH-47s. The US101 and HH-92, respectively, remain contenders in the third round of bidding.
We’re still waiting on two key events to make Donley’s wish come true: 1. the USAF must release a notice for final proposal revisions before next week at the latest, and 2. the Inspector General must release a report (likely next month) on whether the USAF improperly tinkered with requirements during the original award.
While we wait, here’s a useful chart that appeared as part of a public presentation by Boeing last month. It neatly summarizes how each proposal was ranked by the USAF in the original competition, and how Boeing has acted since then to improve on its original scores. (Click on the image to view a larger frame.)