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Protest of Navy radar contract withdrawn

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Lockheed Martin said Jan. 13 that it has stopped protesting the U.S. Navy’s selection of a competitor to develop the ship-based Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR).

Lockheed Martin had challenged the AMDR contract award “because we believed the merits of our offering were not properly considered during the evaluation process,” company spokesman Keith Little told “While we believe that we put forward an industry-leading solution, after receiving additional information we have determined it’s in the best interest of the Navy and Lockheed Martin to withdraw our protest.”

Little declined to say what “additional information” Lockheed Martin had received.

Raytheon, which won the $386-million contract award in October by beating out both Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, said the Navy has told it to resume work on AMDR now that the protest has been withdrawn. The Navy had no immediate comment.

"The Raytheon team and plans are in place, ready to move forward on the program," said Kevin Peppe, a Raytheon vice president.

Lockheed Martin had filed its protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO), an arm of Congress that was to decide whether the Navy should redo the competition.

The radar will replace the Lockheed Martin-made SPY-1 radar aboard the DDG-51 guided-missile destroyer and is designed to improve detection and tracking of increasingly sophisticated, hostile ballistic missiles and anti-ship cruise missiles.

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