Regarding the CSAR-X award protests, the Government Accountability Office told the Daily Report Monday that it expects to receive a report from the Air Force in December and believes the GAO review will run right up to the established due date of late February. GAO still is carrying the Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin-Agusta Westland protests as separate cases—that could change. Meanwhile, an Air Force spokesman said the service would have no comment on the combat search and rescue aircraft award during the GAO review.
The Pentagon awarded a contract worth over $2 billion for the next batch of F-35 engines to Pratt & Whitney on June 5. The deal for Lot 17 F135 engines, totaling $2.02 billion, is expected to be completed by December 2025.