WASHINGTON — 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.