New H-3 for support of presidential airlift training

FedBizOpps, December 13, 2012 - The US Navy has awarded a $25.3 million contract to Sikorsky Aircraft Corp (SAC) in Stratford, Conn., to convert a H-3 helicopter to a flyable trainer aircraft in support of the presidential airlift program, according to contract documents released this Thursday through the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website.

This Class Justification and Approval authorizes and approves the issuance of contract actions on a sole source basis with Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, CT, for the efforts associated with the conversion/modification of a H-3 aircraft to a flyable trainer aircraft in support of the Presidential Helicopters Program.

SAC is the sole manufacturer of the VH-3D aircraft and is the only source that possesses the necessary technical data, knowledge, experience, and expertise required to perform this effort,” the Navy said.

“The training aircraft must meet unique considerations of the presidential mission environment; therefore, only SAC as the sole manufacturer of the VH-3D, has the ability to convert the aircraft to satisfy the agency's requirements. Furthermore, the government does not possess adequate technical data and/or the rights necessary to compete this requirement. The VH-3D aircraft were procured under a NAVAIR contract and were delivered to the government from July through November 1975.

The proposed contract to modify the H-3 aircraft was posted on the FedBizOpps website on June 27, 2011. “Two responses were received; one with an interest in subcontracting opportunities, the other with an interest as the prime contractor,” the Navy said in the J&A.

“The government provided the interested subcontracting party with SAC contact information. A phone conference was held with the second vendor at which time it was communicated that the government did not possess the necessary data in order to allow for competition. Subsequently, based on a better understanding of the Navy's requirement, the vendor indicated in writing that it was no longer interested in pursuing a prime contract. This vendor was also provided with the SAC point of contact for potential subcontracting opportunities.”

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