Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Jobs - Economy - #3436 - Air Force Bounces US Manufacturer for Brazilian Competitor - Hot Air

More jobs lost overseas......


Let’s start this off by stating that the Air Force may well have had a good reason for disqualifying Hawker Beechcraft from the bid process on a billion-dollar contract for an updated light attack aircraft. If so, though, the reasoning seems to have escaped Hawker Beechcraft and Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), who represents the district in which Hawker Beechcraft is based. The decision will have jobs heading to Brazil, most likely:   The Air Force has notified Hawker Beechcraft Corp. that its Beechcraft AT-6 has been excluded from competition to build a light attack aircraft, a contract worth nearly $1 billion, the company said.  The company had hoped to its AT-6, an armed version of its T-6 trainer, would be chosen for the Light Air Support Counter Insurgency aircraft for the Afghanistan National Army Corps. The chosen aircraft also would be used as a light attack armed reconnaissance aircraft for the U.S. Air Force. …  The decision appears to favor the Super Tucano built by Brazil’s Embraer for the initial contract to supply 35 with the potential for 55 aircraft worth up to $950?million, which does not include foreign sales, the Eagle reported.  Oddly enough, Embraer has been in the news lately. Less than three weeks ago, the Brazilian airplane builder announced that the SEC had begun a probe — for corruption. ..........

The company has said that winning the contract would have kept its T-6 production line running after 2015. About 1,400 employees in 20 states – including 800 at Hawker Beechcraft in Wichita – work on the AT-6 and T-6 programs for Beechcraft and its U.S. suppliers and partners. If Hawker Beechcraft competed for the contract and lost on price and quality, well, that would be the market at work. However, they’re not being allowed to compete at all for the new purchase, even though they already supply the Air Force and had been allowed to work on the new bid without any notice that they would be excluded, wasting the $100 million, which produced a plane that appears to have met the guidelines for the bid. The decision to exclude Hawker Beechcraft from the competition seems curious at best.  Read entire article......   AW:  If you are concerned about another decision to send jobs overseas, please call your representatives in Congress.  In Virginia 5th, Robert Hurt, 202-225-4711,  House contact information......

1 comment:

  1. How sad America.So Rep.MIKE POMPEO plesae answer a question for me and our nation: Is it your re-election your really worried about, or do you really want our brave men and women serving in combat to have 2nd best? I'm sure you took the time to review all flight data and requirements as did the U.S. Airforce prior to this decision. This air support is needed NOW to help protect our BRAVE men and women serving our nation in combat. Hawker Beechcraft and you sir will have to answer to the American public for these delays. Just my thoughts, maybe this is why nothing every gets done in Washington. IT MATTERS TO ME AND SHOULD TO YOU AMERICA.

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