Sierra Nevada asks for review of Hawker lawsuit

Sierra Nevada Corp. filed a motion for judicial review of the results of an investigation in a lawsuit filed by Hawker Beechcraft Defense Co. against the U.S. Air Force.

Because of the suit, the Air Force set aside Sierra’s contract for light air support and asked for a commander-directed investigation into the source-selection process. The Air Force announced last week that part one of that investigation was finished, and Sierra wants a court review of that first part of the investigation to allow a judge to make a quick decision about the lawsuit.

“We believe it is important to the goals of transparency, a fair and open competition and the integrity of the process that the court now review the results of the Air Force investigation and actions, including determining whether the agency’s proposed corrective actions were justified and reasonable,” said SNC Taco Gilbert, vice president of ISR Business Development at SNC. “The results of the CDI, after all, speak to the very core of the litigation brought by Hawker Beechcraft. If this matter can be expeditiously resolved through the court, it is better for American taxpayers, U.S. jobs, our military men and women, our partner nations and for our nation’s security.”

Hawker Beechcraft sued the US Air Force in December 2011 after being disqualified from the competition for failure to adequately correct deficiencies in its proposal, and because its plane was found technically deficient and presented “unacceptable mission capability risk.” It asked the court to review the selection process surrounding the USAF decision to disqualify HBDC from the LAS competition and subsequently award the LAS contract to SNC.

“At the time the Air Force took its corrective action, neither the judge nor the parties had full insight into the initial basis for the Air Force’s dissatisfaction with the documentation supporting the source selection decision-making process. Now that material information exists on this pivotal issue, it is in the best interest of all parties that it be reviewed as a part of Hawker Beechcraft’s continuing lawsuit. The federal claims court also is the appropriate forum for this review as it is subject to a protective order and will protect proprietary source selection information,” Gilbert said.