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U.S. Army Expects March Ruling for EMARSS Protest

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    U.S. Army Expects March Ruling for EMARSS Protest

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is expected to rule in March on a protest over the U.S. Army's contract to Boeing for the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS) program, according to an Army aviation official speaking Jan. 13 at a conference in Maryland.

    The program, a manned airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance system, is one into which the Army would like to funnel some of its $29 billion in savings to accelerate it, according to Defense Secretary Robert Gates' Jan. 6 announcement.

    In November, Boeing was awarded $88 million for a two-year contract for the EMARSS program.

    The initial contract covers the engineering and manufacturing development of four aircraft, with options for two additional aircraft, six low-rate initial production aircraft and contractor logistics support, according to a Dec. 6 Boeing announcement.

    Boeing's EMARSS will consist of a commercial derivative aircraft, the Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350, equipped with an electro-optic and infrared full-motion video sensor; a communications intelligence collection system; an aerial precision guidance system; line-of-sight tactical and beyond-line-of-sight communications suites; two operator workstations and a self-protection suite.

    In late December, losing bidders L-3 Communications, Lockheed Martin/Sierra Nevada and Northrop Grumman filed protests with the GAO over the Army's decision, Flight Global first reported.

    U.S. Army Expects March Ruling for EMARSS Protest - Defense News