Contract for DDX networked ships draws protest

Contract for DDX networked ships draws protest

Bath Iron Works, a unit of General Dynamics Corp., filed a protest yesterday with the General Accounting Office challenging the Navy's decision to hire Northrop Grumman Corp. to design the $2.9 billion DDX networked warships.

Allan Cameron, president of Bath Iron Works, which headed a group of contractors known as the blue team, said the Navy's debriefing made it 'obvious to us that the selection process was not consistent with the established evaluation criteria and thereby gave an unfair advantage to [Northrop Grumman's] gold team.'

A Navy spokesman said the selection process was fair and very close. 'The contract was awarded in accordance with the appropriate Federal Acquisition Regulation procedures,' said Ensign David Luckett. 'It was competitively awarded based on best value from our perspective.'

The design phase for DDX will include laying out an integrated computing environment for combat systems. The DDX automated workstations will be linked to submarines, aircraft and satellites to collect timely information.

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