Tuesday, January 3, 2012

General Aviation Watch: Pompeo blasts Air Force for Hawker Beechcraft exclusion

From KWCH.com: Pompeo blasts Air Force for Hawker Beechcraft exclusion
Hawker Beechcraft says it has learned that the U.S. Air Force has awareded the Light Air Support contract to Sierra Nevada Corporation and its Brazilian manufacturer Embraer.

Hawker says it still has not received any concrete word on why its Beechcraft AT-6 was excluded from the bidding process.

The LAS contract is valued at nearly a billion dollars.

Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo (KS-4) had this reaction to the news, “I am deeply disappointed by this announcement.

Several weeks ago, Hawker Beechcraft—the only American competitor—was eliminated from this important competition without explanation. Since then the Air Force has been secretive and evasive, leaving countless questions unanswered."

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