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Defiant protest grounds US Army FLRAA contract

4th January 2023 - 17:00 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London

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Bell Textron’s V-280 Valor won the US Army’s FLRAA competition in early December. (Photo: Bell Textron)

Boeing and Sikorsky think the US Army's decision on the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft was not made in the right way and have filed a protest with the US Government Accountability Office, pausing the programme for more than three months.

The Lockheed Martin Sikorsky-Boeing Defiant X team closed 2022 with a highly anticipated move, challenging the US Army’s decision on the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) contract.

Bell Textron’s V-280 Valor won the FLRAA competition in early December, and the company was set to receive a contract worth up to $1.3 billion with the initial package estimated at $232 million over the next 19 months.

Team Defiant X, however, did not think the decision was made in the right way and filed a protest with the US Government Accountability Office (GAO).

In an official statement published on 28 December, the team

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Norbert is the Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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