February 27, 2013
Wichita's Beechcraft was not selected to provide aircraft for the U.S. Air Force's Light Air Support program. The Defense Department awarded the contract to Embraer and Sierra Nevada Corporation. The contract could eventually be worth one billion dollars.
Beechcraft released the following statement;
“Although the U.S. Air Force did not select the AT-6 Light Attack Aircraft for the Light Air Support program, Beechcraft is committed to advancing the aircraft’s capabilities and continues to pursue additional close air support opportunities.
“We are disappointed that our proposal was not chosen. We will meet with the USAF for a full debrief of the award and determine our next steps forward at that time.”
Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture earlier told reporters landing a customer for the AT-6 is one of the most important things for the company as it emerges from bankruptcy.