A note from the National Audit Office finds that the Airforce in the case of the helicopter purchase, early pointed out the EH-101 to be the favorite among three candidates. So far the same approach has been used to choose the fighter to replace the F-16's
"By selecting a candidate early in the process confines itself automatically in a significantly weaker bargaining position," says senior lecturer in economics at the Aarhus Business School Christian Bjørnskov.
The problem is that the RDAF apparently reused a contract layout from an earlier transport aircraft contract, and didn't have any external legal advice. Therefore they can't require compensation from AgustaWestland.
[Edited 2008-05-22 02:36:57]