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Hawker will get second chance to bid on Air Force contract

18-12-2012

Hawker Beechcraft will have another opportunity to win a $350 million contract for 20 light aircraft for the Afghan National Army, a federal judge has ruled. The U.S. Air Force originally disqualified Hawker from the bidding a year ago for having deficiencies in its offer; the contract initially went to Sierra Nevada Corp. Hawker appealed the contract award. In a ruling this week, the judge sided with Hawker, pointing out numerous problems with the contract award process, including a lack of proper documents to support the Air Force’s decision the first time around. The Air Force could make a decision as soon as next month on whom to award the contract to. A win for Hawker, soon to be Beechcraft Corp., would be a big boost for the company as it emerges from bankruptcy. Beechcraft plans to continue making piston and turboprop aircraft, as well as military trainers.

http://www.aviationpros.com/news/10843866/ruling-lets-hawker-beechcraft-rebid-air-force-contract

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