SNC Moves for Judicial Review of CDI. Judge Should Review Results of CDI and Assess Appropriate and Fair Way Forward

SPARKS, NV, April 17, 2012 -- Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) filed a motion with the United States Court of Federal Claims April 16 asking for judicial review of the results of the Commander Directed Investigation (CDI) in the still-pending lawsuit filed by Hawker Beechcraft Defense Company (HBDC) against the U.S. Air Force.  The lawsuit resulted in the USAF setting aside the Light Air Support (LAS) contract previously awarded to SNC and opening a Commander Directed Investigation into the source selection process.  The Air Force announced April 13 that Part 1 of the CDI was completed.  SNC’s motion seeks court review of Part 1 of the CDI to allow the judge to have all the relevant facts available to make a fair and expeditious decision on the way forward in 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 LAS 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, so 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. 

About the A-29 Super Tucano:  The A-29 Super Tucano was selected by the U.S. Air Force for its Light Air Support (LAS) program because it is the only plane proven capable of meeting the LAS requirements.   The Super Tucano was purpose-built for the counterinsurgency and light air support mission. With more than 150 airplanes delivered, it has proven to be fully compatible with combat operations in complex environments. Besides its reinforced airframe for operating on unpaved landing fields, the airplane has advanced navigation and weapons aiming systems, which ensure high precision and reliability, when using either conventional or smart weapons, even under extreme conditions.  It can be configured with any communications system required by the customer, and the aircraft requires minimum logistical support for continual operations. The A-29 Super Tucano is currently operating with, or being delivered to, nine air forces around the world, successfully carrying out advanced training, border patrol, light attack, and counter-insurgency missions.  Learn more at

About Sierra Nevada Corporation:  Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is one of America’s fastest growing private companies and the top woman-owned federal contractor 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 Chairman 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. For more information on SNC visit