RAYTHEON LOSES FINAL APPEAL IN MEADS PROTEST
The final decision on the winner of the Medium Extended Air Defense
System (MEADS) contract has been made: Lockheed Martin wins out
The decision, made Dec. 20 by an international arbitration tribunal,
affirmed the July 1999 decision by the NATO Medium Extended Air
Defense System Management Agency (NAMEADSMA) to deny the protest
by MEADS Inc., a company consisting of Raytheon, EADS Deutschland,
Alenia Marconi Systems S.p.A and LFK.
MEADS Inc. was competing against MEADS International, a joint venture
of Lockheed Martin and the same European partners, for the contract
to provide a highly mobile and transportable system of air and missile
defense for the U.S., Italy and Germany. It is expected to be worth
Raytheon, independent of the European partners, filed a protest
to the contract awarded in May 1999 (DAILY, May 20, 1999), but did
not define the grounds of the protest (DAILY, Aug. 19, 1999).
According to a statement by the arbitration tribunal released by
the U.S. Army Air and Missile Defense Program Office at Huntsville,
Ala., the decision validated the integrity of the source selection
process as executed by the NAMEADSMA and "removed any uncertainty
about the viability of awarding the contract to MEADS International."
The evaluation of the proposals and the selection of the winner
were conducted by teams of technical and acquisition experts as
well as representatives of users from the three nations involved,
and patterned after U.S. competitive acquisition procedures, the
statement said. This included the opportunity for a protest to be
resolved by international arbitration procedures as defined by NATO.
The decision is considered final and binding and there will be
no further opportunity for appeal.
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