United Defense Reluctantly Protests Army Contract
(Source : United Defense ; dated Dec.4, Web-posted Dec. 5, 2000)


ARLINGTON, VA---United Defense has reluctantly filed a protest with the General Accounting Office today to gain an impartial and thorough examination of the source selection process for the Army's Interim Combat Vehicle program award. The contract, which is a six-year requirements contract having an estimated price/cost of over $4 billion, is for a family of Interim Armored Vehicles ("IAVs") to equip a Brigade Combat Team ("BCT").

"Several important issues compel us to protest the Army's decision to award a contract that delays fielding of the critical Interim Armored Vehicle program by years, that still requires extensive engineering and manufacturing development, and that carries a price tag that is more than twice that of our proposal," said Tom Rabaut, CEO of United Defense.

It appears that the final source selection decision did not properly consider either the criteria announced in the solicitation or the Army's own technical assessment of competing proposals that otherwise should have awarded the contract to United Defense. The company's offering provided systems that clearly met or exceeded the Army's requirements, years before its competitors, at half the price.

"As a defense contractor, we take no satisfaction in this decision and believe that when we made our proposal it was in the best interest of the Army and the best value to the American taxpayer," said Rabaut. "We believe our proposal comes closest to meeting the Army's needs for an accelerated fielding of an interim medium force."

United Defense, L.P. is a $1.2 billion global leader in the design, development, and production of armored combat vehicles and naval weapon delivery systems. The Company's 5,000 employees are recognized for outstanding research and development, industry-leading engineering and system integration skills and proven logistics support capabilities. United Defense operates 12 development, manufacturing, and service centers in 10 states, and joint ventures in several foreign countries.

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