NASHUA — The Navy has decided to stick with its original decision to award a multibillion-dollar contract for the next generation of radar and communication jamming technology to Raytheon, despite a protest from BAE Systems that was supported by the Government Accountability Office.
The GAO sustained a protest by BAE over the Navy award of a contract to Raytheon for the “Next-Generation Jammer,” worth $10 billion over the next two decades.
The watchdog agency ruled that the Navy failed to reasonably evaluate technical risk and ignored evidence of significant weakness in the Raytheon bid; improperly credited Raytheon with outdated experience while understating BAE Systems’ experience; and conducted improper discussions with Raytheon after proposals were submitted.
The Nashua-based defense contractor, New Hampshire’s largest manufacturing employer, also offered a better price.
The Navy agreed to reconsider all three original bids from Raytheon, BAE and Northrop Grumman, and on Jan. 17 announced that it was re-awarding the contract to Raytheon.
“We protested the award based on concerns with the Navy’s evaluation of our offering and our protest was sustained by the GAO,” said Paul Roberts, a BAE spokesman. “We are disappointed with this decision and are currently considering all of our options.”