Thursday, September 14, 2017

Army instructor pilot contract award reversed

A $450 million contract to provide initial entry rotary-wing instruction support services at Fort Rucker will likely stay with the current contractor after it successfully protested a bid award to a competing company.

URS Federal Services has owned the contract, which provides student pilot instruction, for many years. The Army initially awarded the bid to provide instruction services to CAE USA in January. URS filed a bid protest with the Government Accountability Office and the companies were recently informed the contract would remain with URS.

CAE USA, which currently handles initial fixed wing instruction for Fort Rucker students at its new facility at the Dothan Regional Airport, said in a written statement it was disappointed to learn the contract had been granted to URS and would determine if a further protest is warranted after a debriefing.

The $50 million annual contract contained a total of eight annual renewals for a final total amount of $450 million.

The U.S. Army's Initial Entry Rotary-Wing (IERW) training program is responsible for providing the training required to qualify new Army helicopter pilots. Approximately 900 students annually receive classroom, simulator, and live flying training on TH-67 Creek and UH-72 Lakota helicopters before graduating to combat helicopter or fixed wing training.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.dothaneagle.com

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