CH-47F: What’s a “Large” Contract, in Dollars?
On February 1/08, the Pentagon’s DefenseLINK announced “a large firm-fixed price contract [for 10] CH-47F new build production helicopters.” This new variant of the CH-47 Chinook incorporates a slew of improvements, and was declared combat-ready in August 2007. Work will be performed in Philadelphia, PA and is expected to be complete by Dec 31/12. One bid was solicited on Dec 31/03, and 1 bid was received by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command in Redstone Arsenal, AL (W58RGZ-04-C-0012).
Given that the Pentagon is required by law to state dollar amounts for awards over $5 million, however, the breaking of those rules for this contract was deeply puzzling. Fortunately, the US Army has now informed DID that this is a $280.5 million contract; DefenseLINK should post the amount soon. A Feb 27/08 Boeing release gives the same dollar figure, but notes 11 helicopters. DID has also updated our CH-47F FOCUS article.
Originally posted on Feb 5/08.