[Protest of Air Force Contract Award for Antenna Selector Switches]

B-242070: Mar 21, 1991

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A firm protested the Air Force's rejection of its bid and subsequent contract award for antenna selector switches, contending that the Air Force improperly rejected its bid on the basis that it was not an approved source, since: (1) it was capable of performing the requirements; and (2) the Air Force should have given it an opportunity to demonstrate its technical acceptability through first-article testing. GAO held that the Air Force reasonably determined that the first-article testing that the protester's product required would prohibit it from timely completing the contract and delivering the product. Accordingly, the protest was denied.