ATEC's ITEP bid was USD163 million more expensive than GE's

by Pat Host

The Advance Turbine Engine Company’s (ATEC’s) losing bid for the US Army’s next-generation helicopter engine programme was USD163 million more than winner General Electric (GE) Aviation, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

The GAO announced on 30 May that it denied ATEC’s bid protest of the US Army’s USD517.4 million Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) contract award to GE for engineering and manufacturing development (EMD). GAO released a redacted version of its justification on 12 June. ATEC is a joint venture of Pratt & Whitney and Honeywell.

The T901-GE-900 engine was GE’s winning offering to be the US Army’s next-generation helicopter propulsion system. (GE)

The T901-GE-900 engine was GE’s winning offering to be the US Army’s next-generation helicopter propulsion system. (GE)

ATEC’s offering was roughly USD693 million while GE’s bid was about USD530 million. The GAO noted that this total evaluated price did not reflect the cost that each offeror stated it would absorb. The cost each company was willing to absorb was redacted.

In the most important factor, engineering design and development (EDD), ATEC received a technical rating of good and technical risk rating of low. GE, on the other hand, received a technical rating of good and a technical risk rating of moderate. For the top EDD subfactor, engine design and performance, ATEC received an outstanding technical rating and a moderate technical risk rating. GE received a good technical rating and a moderate technical risk rating.

The source selection authority (SSA) concluded that GE offered a stronger technical proposal overall, which it said was more advantageous to the US Army than ATEC’s, even with a moderate level of risk. Likewise, GE’s evaluated cost/price was 23.5% less than that of ATEC’s, and GE’s proposal was found to be more advantageous to ATEC’s with regard to the third most important factor – lifecycle cost.

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