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Air Force officials discuss way forward for new helicopter

4/25/2007 - WASHINGTON (AFNEWS) -- Air Force officials announced here April the way ahead for the replacement combat search and rescue helicopter, the CSAR-X.

To foster open communications and a fair and open competition, Air Force officials expect to release a draft Request for Proposal amendment to the CSAR-X offerors in May, and will conduct meetings with the offerors to address comments and answer questions prior to the release of the official RFP amendment. 

"We believe the RFP amendment will meet both the letter and spirit of the (Government Accountability Office) recommendation," said Sue C. Payton, the service acquisition executive.
Air Force officials have previously announced it is amending the CSAR-X RFP. The amendment will clarify the Air Force's evaluation of operation and support costs. It also gives the offerors an opportunity to quantify and substantiate potential manpower efficiencies based on the reliability and maintainability characteristics of their proposed aircraft.

Once the Air Force receives revised proposals from the offerors, Air Force officials will review and evaluate the offerors' proposed operation and support efficiencies, and will conduct a new best-value assessment based on an integration of the new operation and support information along with the results of the original evaluation in the areas where the GAO found no problems. 

(Courtesy of Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs)

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