New Army Lakota contract could reignite vendor-competition questions

By Ellen Mitchell / November 20, 2015 at 5:13 PM
The Army is planning to draw up a new contract with Airbus to buy 16 LUH-72A Lakota helicopters remaining in the service's fiscal year 2016 budget plans, a move that may rekindle discussions about whether the service is allowed to sole-source the choppers, leaving competitor AgustaWestland in the dust. Earlier this month the Army awarded Airbus a $65.8 million contract to build 12 Lakota helicopters as part of an existing deal with the company first awarded in 2006. The agreement,...

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