August 23, 2010
Navy delays LCS decision
The Navy has pushed back its decision on which Littoral Combat Ship design to buy. It said today that will request Final Proposal Revisions (FPRs) "soon" from the two competing teams.
"The Navy anticipates that FPRs will be received in September 2010, and will require that these revised offers remain valid for 90 days," said in a statement.
Commentators are interpreting this as meaning that it could be December 30 before a decision is announced on whether the Navy will go with the Marinette or the Austal ship.
The full Navy statement reads:
"The Navy is proceeding with the LCS source selection diligently, thoroughly, and consistently with its source-selection plan and applicable law and regulations. The Navy is taking the time necessary to carefully review and analyze the competing proposals.
"To this end, the Navy is currently engaged in discussions with offerors and will request Final Proposal Revisions (FPRs) from them soon. The Navy anticipates that FPRs will be received in September 2010, and will require that these revised offers remain valid for 90 days. The Navy intends to make a contract award as expeditiously as practicable, consistent with its source selection plan, but in any event prior to the expiration of such offers.
"We understand there is keen public interest in this competition, but our duty to protect the integrity of the source-selection process, as well as the confidentiality of the information submitted by the offerors, significantly limits our ability to provide additional details about the ongoing competitive procurement at this time."