Air Force Places Light Air Support Program On Hold Due to Protests
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The U.S. Air Force had recently awarded their Light Air Support (LAS) contract to a team of Sierra Nevada and Brazil’s Embraer. This over $300 million contract was to buy turboprop aircraft initially for Afghanistan but potentially for use by the U.S. and other countries in a counter insurgency role.
Hawker Beechcraft who had also bid but were eliminated from consideration have sued the Air Force to have the decision reviewed and to get a full explanation as to why they were eliminated. As part of this yesterday the Air Force placed a stop work order on the current contract. Sierra Nevada released a press release about this decision yesterday that is as follows:
“Sierra Nevada Corporation Statement: U.S. Air Force Stop Work Order on Light Air Support Award
SPARKS, Nev., Jan. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Sierra Nevada Corporation issued the following statement in response to a stop work order received today from the U.S. Air Force on the recently issued Light Air Support (LAS) contract:
Our team is excited to have been awarded the LAS contract by the U.S. Air Force as a result of a fair and open competition and after a favorable review by the Government Accountability Office.
We remain confident that the issue will resolved expeditiously. These critical LAS capabilities need to be made available soon in order to support our men and women in uniform and our partners in Afghanistan. The A-29 Super Tucano, built in America, is the right solution for the LAS mission.
Sierra Nevada Corporation, a woman owned company, and all our numerous partners across the U.S. who will contribute to this contract stand ready to continue work and to serve our nation by providing the most proven capable light air support aircraft that meets the U.S Air Force’s requirements.”
During a normal protest period the contract is usually placed on hold and the Air Force most likely did this as they expected the Judge in the case to issue such an order momentarily.