WICHITA, Kan. (AP) A Kansas aircraft excluded from bidding on a $354 million military contract is commending a decision by the Air Force to rescind the contract award.
But the Nevada-based company that had won the contract calls Tuesday’s decision disappointing.
The Air Force says it plans to set aside the disputed contract for 20 light air support planes and open an investigation into the award.
Wichita-based Hawker Beechcraft chairman Bill Boisture says the company believes the decision is the right thing for taxpayers, the Air Force and employees of his company.
But Taco Gilbert, a vice president at Sierra Nevada Corp., says it delays efforts to get critical capabilities to U.S. troops and coalition partners in Afghanistan. He says his company was anxious to start hiring.