By Jeremy Herb - 10/23/13 04:48 PM EDT
“After careful consideration, Lockheed Martin has protested the Navy’s award of the Air and Missile Defense Radar contract,” Lockheed spokesman Keith Little said in a statement.
The AMDR radar will operate with the Aegis missile system, which is produced by Lockheed, on the Navy’s destroyers.
Nine New Jersey lawmakers, led by Rep. Jon Runyan (R), sent a letter to the Navy secretary last week questioning the Navy's decision to award the contract to Raytheon. Lockheed's facility in Moorestown, N.J., does work on the Aegis system.
The lawmakers, including Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jeff Chiesa (R-N.J.), said Lockheed "offered the lowest cost AMDR solution, which is low-risk and meets the key Department of the Navy areas of affordability, ship fit, scalability and technological maturity."
"We simply do not understand the Navy's decision to begin working with a new company on this critical program," the lawmakers wrote.
Raytheon spokeswoman Carolyn Beaudry said the company remains "confident in our proposed solution."
"We're eager to move forward and deliver this much needed AMDR capability to the Navy," she said. "We'll trust the process and will work closely with our customer to mitigate any resulting delays once resolved."
Lockheed’s protest will be decided by the Government Accountability Office, which resolves contract disputes.