Beechcraft protesting Air Force decision to award light air support contract to competitor

Airplane maker Beechcraft said Friday it will formally protest an…

Airplane maker Beechcraft said Friday it will formally protest an Air Force decision to award a competitor a contract worth more than $427 million, claiming the decision puts an estimated 1,400 jobs in Kansas and other states in jeopardy.

The announcement is the latest development in a bitter, high-stakes competition that has taken nearly three years with legal challenges from both sides. The contract could be worth as much as $1 billion, depending on future orders.

The loss deals a major blow to Wichita, Kan.-based Beechcraft as it emerges from bankruptcy protection.

Beechcraft’s move to file a protest with the U.S. Government Accountability Office comes two weeks after the Air Force awarded Sierra Nevada, based in Sparks, Nev., a contract to build 20 light air support planes for use in Afghanistan. Sierra Nevada, in a partnership with Brazil’s Embraer, will make the planes in Jacksonville, Fla.

Read more at The Washington Post

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