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Beechcraft Sues U.S. to Halt Plane Deal for Afghan Army

Beechcraft Corp. sued the U.S. Defense Department to halt a contract won by competitors to provide planes to the Afghan military, claiming it was a lower bidder on the deal.

The suit, filed today in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, seeks an order to block the successful bidder for the project, Sierra Nevada Corp., from working on the contract while Beechcraft pursues a bid protest with the Government Accountability Office. Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil-based Embraer SA (EMBR3) is a subcontractor on the order.

“Beechcraft is not requesting a determination regarding the underlying merits of its GAO protest by this court and continues to pursue its challenges to the Air Force’s award of the contract before the GAO,” the company said in the complaint.

Sierra Nevada didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the suit.

The case is Beechcraft Defense Company LLC v. U.S., 13- cv-00202, U.S. Court of Federal Claims (Washington).

To contact the reporter on this story: Andrew Zajac in Washington at azajac@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net

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