Cornische Aviation files protest over US procurement of Mi-17 overhauls

Cornische Aviation files protest over US procurement of Mi-17 overhauls

24-Oct-2012 Source: Cornische Aviation and Maintenance

Cornische Aviation and Maintenance Limited, Sharjah, UAE announced today they were filing a Government Accountability Office (GAO) protest against a sole source US Army Mi-17 helicopter overhaul contract.

In late September 2012, the US Army Non Standard Rotor Wing Aviation Program Management Office issued a sole source award for the overhaul of four Mi-17 helicopters belonging to the Afghan Air Force.  This award was not announced as required by U.S. Federal Acquisition Regulations.  The aircraft are to be overhauled by Science and Engineering Services, Inc., and Avia Baltica, a firm recommended last week for debarment by the U.S. Inspector General’s office in October 2012.

Cornische believes the overhaul award is in violation of US Federal Acquisition Regulations and US law.  Cornische has asked the GAO to recommend the workload be competed and the U.S. Army to award to the lowest cost, certified overhaul facility.

“The U.S. Army decision to ignore the Inspector General report and award to a company recommended for debarment only underscores the report’s accuracy – the U.S. Army program management office is focused on steering contracts rather than serving the warfighter,” said Cornische spokesman Jeff Rashim.

The text of Cornische’s protest can be found at:

About Cornische Aviation and Maintenance Limited –

Cornische is a Sharjah-based supplier of aviation parts and equipment, specializing in the support of aircraft manufactured in the CIS.

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