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GAO rejects protest of $47.5 million inflatables contract

Written by Nick Blenkey
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MARCH 28,2014 — Atlantic Diving Supply, Inc. (ADS), of Virginia Beach, VA, has been awarded a Department of the Army fixed unit-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract worth a maximum potential $47,521,660 to provide seven‑person inflatable combat raiding craft and 15-person inflatable combat assault craft.

The award was protested by Zodiac of North America, Stevensville, MD, but GAO has denied the bid protest. You can access the GAO decision HERE

The seven‑person inflatable combat raiding craft will be used to support missions such as airborne and air mobile infiltration, clandestine over-the-horizon insertion and extraction, submarine infiltration and exfiltration of special operations forces, surface swimming operations, SCUBA operations, river reconnaissance, searching, water gap crossing, and humanitarian missions.

The 15-person inflatable combat assault craft will be used to support missions such as hydrographic survey and side‑scan sonar operations, bridging operations, water gap crossing for larger forces, and safety and diver recovery platform.

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