Statement by Sierra Nevada Corporation and Embraer Defense and Security on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims decision to deny a request from Beechcraft for a temporary injunction, allowing the U.S. Air Force to override a procedural stop-work order on its Light Air Support contract:
SPARKS, Nev., April 19, 2013 – – Today’s decision ensures that work will continue uninterrupted on the LAS contract and that we will be able to deliver these aircraft in mid-2014. Delivering the LAS aircraft on schedule is essential to the United States’ Building Partnership Capacity in Afghanistan, as it allows our troops to wind down U.S. involvement there, while helping to ensure the Afghans will be able to maintain security in the region.
Today’s decision also allows the process to continue of standing up the U.S. production facility for the A-29 Super Tucano in Jacksonville, Fla., hiring American workers to support that effort, and contracting with U.S. suppliers for parts and services for the LAS contract. More than 100 U.S. companies, including Elbit Systems, Honeywell International, FLIR Systems, Inc., PPG Aerospace, Rockwell Collins and Lord Corporation, are part of the supply chain already working to build the A-29 Super Tucano. In all, the contract supports more than 1,400 jobs across the United States.