Raytheon files second protest on FAA's ERAM

Raytheon files second protest on FAA's ERAM

A billion-dollar air traffic modernization project faces its second protest in two years from Raytheon Co.

Raytheon filed a protest March 29, alleging that competing bidder Lockheed Martin Corp. had an unfair advantage in winning a Federal Aviation Administration contract, FAA spokeswoman Tammy Jones said.

FAA last month released a request for information for the En Route Automation Modernization project, an initiative to upgrade hardware and software at 20 en route centers.

'We believe the playing field isn't level and that we have a valid, compelling reason for this action,' Raytheon spokeswoman Blanche E. Necessary said in a statement. 'We believe Raytheon has excellent credentials and available technology for this program.'

The company also protested in February of last year after FAA awarded a sole-source contract to Lockheed Martin to upgrade the system. FAA's Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition upheld that protest.

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