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The U.S. Air Force is defending a $427 million Light Air Support contract award that came out of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton in late February.

As a response to a Beechcraft Corp. protest, the Air Force this week issued the following statement: “We are confident that this best-value decision is well supported and that the offerors’ proposals were fully and fairly evaluated consistent with the evaluation criteria in the solicitation.”

The Kansas-based aircraft company announced March 8 it was protesting the contract at the Government Accountability Office.
It went to Sparks, Nev.-based Sierra Nevada and its partner, Embraer Defense and Security.

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