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Sierra Nevada sues over LAS contract

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posted on Jun, 14 2012 @ 12:02 AM
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Here we go again. Sierra Nevada is suing the USAF over the contract for 20 light attack aircraft for the Afghan Air Force. The contract was awarded to the team of Sierra Nevada and Embraer, for the purchase of 20 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft over the Hawker Beechcraft AT-6. Hawker Beechcraft was eliminated from the competition, and a later snafu in the mailroom kept them from getting word. After the award of the contract Hawker launched a protest with the GAO, who ruled in their favor. The Air Force issued a new RFP, and has begun the contract process again.

Can anyone say KC-46? It would be so nice to see at least ONE contract awarded without 10 years of lawsuits and protests.


Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has filed a suit against the US government, hoping to reinstate a contract to supply light air support (LAS) aircraft for the US air force (USAF) on behalf of Afghanistan.

The lawsuit marks the latest twist in the USAF's attempt to purchase 20 LAS aircraft for the nascent Afghanistan air force. A previous contest was won by SNC, but the contract was cancelled after protests by competitor Hawker Beechcraft over paperwork errors. A new competition was declared, which SNC now wishes to halt.

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