Boeing has taken the first step towards bringing
a formal legal challenge to the Danish Ministry of Defence’s
evaluation regarding the country’s next fighter jet.
Boeing submitted to the Ministry of
Defence a Request for Insight, which requires the Ministry to
provide all materials related to the fighter procurement
evaluation and decision announced in June.
The Ministry of Defence and its New
Fighter Program Office did not recommend the Boeing F/A-18 Super
Hornet, a decision that the company believes was the product of a
flawed evaluation process.
“As we said when the decision was announced, we
believe the Ministry’s evaluation of the competitors was
fundamentally flawed and inaccurately assessed the cost and
capability of the F/A-18 Super Hornet,” said Debbie Rub, vice
president and general manager, Boeing Global Strike. “We’re taking
this step because there’s too much at stake for Denmark and,
potentially, other countries considering the Super Hornet.”
Boeing presented its concerns with the
evaluation process to the Danish Parliament Defence Committee
prior to the award decision earlier this year, taking issue, in
particular, with the Ministry’s estimate that the Super Hornet
would cost up to twice as much as detailed in U.S. Department of
Defense budget documents.
“Denmark deserves to know beyond a shadow of
doubt that a fair and transparent process was used to select the
country’s future fighter fleet,” Rub said. “Our action today
underscores our belief that the Ministry’s evaluation of each of
the four selection criteria fell short of these objectives and
must be reviewed to the fullest extent allowed under Danish law.”
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