WASHINGTON (AP) - The Air Force is delaying the award of a
disputed $15 billion helicopter contract until next year.
The service says it needs more time to pick a winning team to
replace its fleet of rescue helicopters. Boeing Co. won the initial
contract, but the program has been on hold for two years after
Lockheed Martin Corp. and United Technologies Corp.'s Sikorsky
Aircraft challenged the deal.
The Air Force had planned to pick a winner by December. The
service did not specify a new deadline on Wednesday.
This is the third large Air Force deal delayed in recent months,
following a $35 billion contract for refueling planes and a spy
satellite program worth roughly $6 billion.
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