SNC Submits Response To Air Force RFP For Light Air Support Program

     SNC Submits Response To Air Force RFP For Light Air Support Program

PR Newswire

SPARKS, Nev., June 19, 2012

SPARKS, Nev., June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Sierra Nevada
Corporation (SNC) announced today that it has submitted the final components
of its response to the United States Air Force's request for proposal (RFP)
for its Light Air Support (LAS) Program. SNC is partnering with Embraer to
provide the A-29 Super Tucano counterinsurgency aircraft to meet the LAS
mission requirements. The two companies teamed together and previously won
the competition only to have the contract set aside following a lawsuit by the
disqualified competitor. The A-29 Super Tucano is the only aircraft in the
competition that is currently in use with military around the globe and
performing counterinsurgency and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
(ISR) operations.

SNC is participating in the new LAS source selection process while it also
pursues court action to reinstate the contract awarded to it last December.

"Our goal one way or the other is to get the LAS capability into the hands of
those who need it in the most expeditious, fair and transparent manner," said
Taco Gilbert, Vice President of ISR Business Development at SNC. "We have the
most capable LAS aircraft and our overall solution meets the needs of our
warfighters and allies on the ground in Afghanistan today, while also
providing significant value to the American taxpayer."

A Proven Performance Record

The LAS mission requires a ready-to-go, non-developmental aircraft designed to
operate in a counterinsurgency environment and extremely austere conditions at
a significantly lower cost than a fighter jet. Yet, it must be able to
deliver a wide variety of munitions and provide most of the technological and
communications capabilities of a modern fighter.

The A-29 Super Tucano was purpose-built for counterinsurgency and light air
support missions. It is currently in use or on order with nine militaries on
three continents to provide security, light air support, advanced training,
and armed ISR operations. It has a rugged platform and high, broad stance
that provides stability on rugged terrain and enables take-off and landing on
unprepared runways.

"The need for the LAS capability in Afghanistan hasn't changed, it's only
become more urgent," said Gilbert. "While nearly a year and a half has passed
since the original RFP was issued, the A-29 Super Tucano remains the only
aircraft in the running that is combat-proven and capable of meeting the needs
of commanders in-theatre today."

While the original RFP contained a flight demonstration, the amended version
contains no such requirement. This makes the proven performance of the A-29
Super Tucano all the more valuable. With more than eight years in service and
more than 160 aircraft delivered, much is known about the performance,
operational effectiveness and costs to operate and maintain the A-29 Super
Tucano. The A-29 Super Tucano fleet has achieved an average of over 84
percent availability and 99 percent mission effectiveness.

Supporting the U.S. Economy

The A-29 Super Tucano aircraft to be provided under the LAS contract will be
built in the U.S. in Jacksonville, Florida, by American workers with parts and
services from some 70 US companies. Approximately 86 percent of each
aircraft's dollar value will come from components supplied by U.S. companies
or countries that qualify under the Buy American Act. In all, more than 1,200
American jobs will be supported through the contract, including the creation
of new aerospace jobs in Jacksonville. Embraer will invest approximately $3
million in bringing the U.S. production facility on line. The facility, its
first defense-related operation in the U.S., will complement its growing U.S.

"Embraer's U.S. roots go back more than 30 years to 1979 when we established
our first U.S. company in Ft. Lauderdale. Since that time, we have invested
$115 million in facilities and infrastructure here," said Gary Spulak,
President of Embraer Aircraft Holding. "While other companies are moving
industrial and research and development operations out of the U.S., we see
tremendous opportunity and a highly talented aerospace workforce here."

Last year, Embraer opened its first U.S. aircraft assembly facility and a new
Global Customer Center for Executive Jets in Melbourne, Florida, employing 200
people. In March, the company announced establishment of the Embraer
Engineering and Technology Center USA – also in Melbourne. This research and
development center will employ 200 aerospace engineers.

"We are offering the U.S. Air Force the low-risk solution. Our aircraft is
operational today and its performance and costs are well-documented," said
Gilbert. "SNC and Embraer are strong and growing companies that are investing
in the U.S. and creating new jobs here. Both companies are here to stay."

Facts about the A-29 Super Tucano:

  oA clean sheet design – built from the ground up for the counterinsurgency
    and light air support mission
  oA production aircraft – more than 160 have been built and delivered
  oOperational today performing ISR and security missions around the globe
  oIn use with military in six nations; on order with three others
  oMore than 147,000 flight hours logged, including 23,000 combat hours; no
    combat losses
  oCertified for more than 130 munitions configurations
  oFeatures open-architecture avionics
  oProvides significant room for growth
  oProven low operating costs – 84 percent fleet availability; 99 percent
    fleet mission effectiveness

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About Sierra Nevada Corporation: Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is one of
America's fastest growing private companies based on its significant expansion
and reputation for rapid, innovative, and agile technology solutions in
electronics, aerospace, avionics, space, propulsion, micro-satellite,
aircraft, communications systems and solar energy. Under the leadership of CEO
Fatih Ozmen and President Eren Ozmen, SNC employs over 2,100 people in 31
locations in 16 states. SNC's six unique business areas are dedicated to
providing leading-edge solutions to SNC's dynamic customer base.

SNC is also the Top Woman-Owned Federal Contractor in the United States. Over
the last 30 years under the Ozmen's leadership, SNC has remained focused on
providing its customers the very best in diversified technologies to meet
their needs and has a strong and proven track record of success. The company
continues to focus its growth on the commercial sector through internal
advancements and outside acquisitions, including the emerging markets of
renewable energy, telemedicine, nanotechnology, cyber and net-centric
operations. For more information on SNC visit

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