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Updated: Sikorsky accepts FLRAA protest outcome, shifts focus to FARA competition

19th April 2023 - 13:00 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London

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Bell will now continue with the design of the final production aircraft and deliver virtual prototypes of a potentially model-based system. (Photo: Bell)

Sikorsky has opted to take no further legal action over the US Government Accountability Office's rejection of its protest against Bell's V-280 Valor winning the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft competition.

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has denied a protest by the Sikorsky-Boeing team against the US Army’s decision to select the Bell V-280 Valor tiltrotor aircraft in the the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) competition.

Bell received the $7.1 billion contract in early December, but Team Defiant X thought its aircraft should have been chosen, and Sikorsky promptly filed a protest with the GAO.

Upon submitting the protest, Sikorsky said: ‘The data and discussions lead us to believe the proposals were not consistently evaluated to deliver the best value in the interest of the army, our soldiers and American

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

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