GAO rejects MD Helicopters' protest of FARA loss

By Ashley Tressel  / April 5, 2019

The Government Accountability Office has rejected a protest from MD Helicopters of Army Futures Command's decision regarding development of the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft.

According to GAO's decision published Thursday, the service decided to not award the company, a small business in Mesa, AZ, an other transaction agreement to develop FARA competitive prototypes.

“MD Helicopters argues that the Army unreasonably evaluated its proposal, and otherwise failed to reasonably promote small business participation in accordance with 10 U.S.C. § 2371b(d)(1),” the report states.

GAO says it dismissed the protest because the office generally does not review protests of awards made using OTAs.

The Army stated in an October solicitation for FARA design concepts it would select up to six vendors for awards of $15 million each and would eventually choose two to produce the prototypes.

The FARA program manager told Inside Defense the Army as of today has not made any prototype awards.