[Protest of Army Contract Award for Helicopter Yoke Assemblies]

B-249897: Dec 23, 1992

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A firm protested an Army sole-source contract award for helicopter yoke assemblies, contending that: (1) its equipment could pass fatigue testing within the Army's delivery schedule; (2) the Army failed to test its equipment; and (3) the Army's failure to properly plan its procurement led to the need for a sole-source contract. GAO held that the Army: (1) had a reasonable basis for and properly justified the sole-source award; (2) attempted to arrange for equipment testing, but was unsuccessful; (3) did engage in advanced procurement planning; and (4) properly awarded the sole-source contract. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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