Air Force Decision On Plane Contract Expected Soon

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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An Air Force decision on who will win a more than $350 million contract to build 20 aircraft for use in Afghanistan is expected sometime next week.

The decision comes at a crucial time for Wichita-based Beechcraft, formerly Hawker Beechcraft. It emerged from bankruptcy protection this week.

The high-stakes "light air support" contract could ultimately be worth nearly $1 billion, depending on future orders.

Beechcraft spokeswoman Nicole Alexander told The Wichita Eagle that the company had expected a decision Friday, but has been told there has been a slight delay.

Beechcraft has proposed its AT-6 attack plane. Sierra Nevada Corp. has partnered with Brazil-based Embraer to offer its Super Tucano.

The planes would give the Afghan National Army Air Corp. a fixed-wing strike capability.


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