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ManTech, Smartronix aim to shoot down Jacobs' F-35 win

An incumbent and another challenger are protesting a contract win by Jacobs Technology to provide support services to the F-35 fighter jet.

The incumbent is Smartronix Inc., and the company has been supporting the F-35 since 2010. It lost the recompete of the work to Jacobs. ManTech International also filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office after losing its bid.

The contract supports the Air Force’s 53rd Wing, which is part of the Air Combat Command. The work includes maintenance and sustainment of IT and computer security related to the F-35. There also is a need for systems engineering, network support, test and evaluation, and database and computer systems development.

Smartronix first one the contract in 2010 and since then has pulled in $72 million in task orders. The company has had its contract extended so services to the Air Force can continue until a contract is in place.

The recompete is being run as a task order through the GSA Alliant contract. Smartronix filed its protest on Aug. 20 with a deadline for a GAO decision on Nov. 30. ManTech protested on Aug. 24 with a due date of Dec. 2. But if the protest works it all the way through the system, GAO will likely move them through the process together and issue a signal decision that covers both protests.

Posted by Nick Wakeman on Aug 31, 2015 at 9:31 AM

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