U.S. Army Turns Down C-130J for Joint Cargo Aircraft
Published: Wed August 2nd, 2006
Two contenders for Pentagon's $5 billion Joint Cargo Aircraft program were eliminated in initial reviews, narrowing the field to two airplanes.
The U.S. Army, which along with the Air Force, is seeking a new fleet of intra-theater lift aircraft, has told Lockheed Martin that its C-130J airplane cannot compete because it “failed to meet the Federal Aviation Administration [FAA] certification,” according to a July 28 letter to the company from Carole Hubbard, the Army’s contracting officer. DefenseNews.com saw a copy of the letter.
Industry sources say the CN-235, one of two aircraft offered by the joint team of Raytheon, EADS and CASA, also failed to pass the first stage.
That leaves the competition between the C-27J Spartan, from the L-3 Communications-led team that includes Alenia Aeronautica and Boeing; and the CN-295, offered by the Raytheon, EADS and CASA team.
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