Raytheon has missed the federal deadline to file a protest with
the Government Accountability Office that would have triggered an
automatic stop-work order on the contract, according to sources
familiar with federal law and the timing of an Air Force briefing on
The U.S. Air Force awarded the space-tracking Space Fence contract
to Lockheed on June 2. Raytheon and Lockheed both declined comment.
Ralph White, GAO's managing associate general counsel for
procurement law, said the congressional agency had not received a
protest about the contract from Raytheon as of late Tuesday.
Air Force spokesman Major Eric Badger said Raytheon was briefed
about the contract award on June 9 but had no additional comment.
The Air Force chose Lockheed to develop a ground-based radar that
will track about 200,000 pieces of old satellites and other space
junk. Including options the deal is estimated to be worth just under
Under federal law, contractors seeking to halt work on a contested
program must file a protest within 10 days of the contract award, or
five days after a mandatory briefing by the awarding agency.
Raytheon still has until Thursday to protest the contract award, 10
days after its Air Force briefing, but that would not necessarily
halt work on the program. Companies generally file within the
earlier timeframe, the sources said.
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The company could also file a claim with the agency directly or with
the Court of Federal Claims.
Raytheon won a separate contract on June 2 to build the terminals
for highly-secure military satellites that enable the U.S. president
to communicate during a nuclear war, a contract once held by Boeing
Boeing spokesman Richard Esposito on Tuesday said his company had
decided not to protest the decision following a debrief by the Air
(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)
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