Hawker Beechcraft will take action against the US Air Force for dismissing the AT-6 Texan II from a selection process only days before the scheduled award of the light air support (LAS) contract.
The company will “request [a] review” after being informed in a letter of the AT-6’s elimination, according to a statement issued by the US-based airframer. As of 20 November, the company was still considering its legal options.
Well, there’s a real shocker. I never did spot a reason listed for dropping Beechcraft from the competition. Sure, the DoD would like to entice Brazil to buy the F-18, but unless there’s a real pressing technical reason why Beech couldn’t get a valid airframe working, the decision stunk to high heaven.
I’m generally in favor of banning any contractor that sues for eternity. But it’s crap like this that shows that they NEED the ability to hold politically influenced contracting decisions to some accountability.