Air Force temporarily halts work on contract

January 5, 2012 - 12:35 PM

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force has temporarily halted work on a light-air support contract in response to a lawsuit Hawker Beechcraft Corp. filed over the selection process.

The Air Force awarded the $354 million contract to Nevada-based Sierra Nevada Corp. on Dec. 22. Sierra Nevada will work with Brazil-based Embraer, which will supply its single-engine Super Tucano turboprop to the Air Force.

Hawker Beechcraft, based in Wichita, sued last week after the Government Accountability Office dismissed its protest over being excluded from the contract.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/zAlMDo ) that the Air Force issued a stop-work order Wednesday because of the lawsuit.

The Air Force said in a statement that the selection process for the contract was fair and it expects the lawsuit to be resolved quickly.

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Information from: The Wichita Eagle, http://www.kansas.com