Embraer and Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC), have announced “in sourcing” of aerospace jobs to the U.S. to counter rival Beechcraft which lost the LAS bid for a second time earlier this month. Beechcraft which has contested the award, claimed that high paying jobs would be outsourced to Brazil.
Since winning the USAF Light Air Support (LAS) contract to supply the A-29 Super Tucano aircraft, Sierra Nevada Corporation and Embraer Defense and Security in a joint statement said that they would focus on in-sourcing to
establish “future model of bringing high tech aerospace manufacturing jobs back to the United States to stem the recent tide of moving jobs offshore”.
The LAS award will support more than 1,400 American jobs, reflecting both the large U.S. supplier base. More than 100 companies will supply parts and services for the A-29 Super Tucano and new jobs that will be created by SNC and Embraer. the 1,200 people Embraer currently employs in the United States, and new jobs at SNC will add to its U.S. workforce of 2,500 people, the company said in a statement.
In accordance with the RFP, the U.S. Air Force selected the A-29 based on three factors stated above, not just a single factor. The U.S. Air Force determined that the price they are paying for the superior A-29
aircraft was part of the “overall best value".
Meanwhile, competitor Beechcraft Corp announced last week that it will formally protest against the USAF’s choice to award the $428 million contract to Brazil's Embraer.
In a statement, Beechcraft Chief Executive Bill Boisture said his company was "very perplexed" by the Air Force decision and would file a protest with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) based on concerns that there were mistakes in the selection process.
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