Friday, April 19, 2-013
The U.S. Court of Federal Claims on Friday denied Beechcraft’s challenge to the U.S. Air Force's decision to bypass the stop-work order on the Light Air Support contract pending the appropriate review by the Government Accountability Office.
Beechcraft filed suit in March to contest the U.S. Air Force’s decision to award the Light Air Support contract to its Braziliam competitor, Embraer/Sierra Nevada.
Last year, an Air Force investigation found evidence of bias toward Brazil-based Embraer and its Nevada-based partner, Sierra Nevada (SNC), which led to the decision to restart the competition. Although SNC later sued the Air Force attempting to enforce the biased decision, U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Christine O.C. Miller wrote in her Nov. 1, 2012, opinion that based on the investigation’s evidence of bias “the Air Force’s decision to cancel the contract award to SNC and re-solicit proposals was reasonable and rational and should stand.”
Beechcraft said an estimated 1,400 jobs in Kansas and other states are in jeopardy as a result of the Air Force decision.
Beechcraft released the following statement:
"While we reluctantly accept the court's opinion, we will continue to contest this award through the GAO and as a program of record for building partnership capacity with other nations that desire Light Air Support aircraft. We remain committed to providing a superior aircraft for this mission that also protects national security interests, taxpayer dollars and preserves jobs in the U.S. aerospace manufacturing sector."