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Rapid Fire 2011-12-28: Light Air Support Contest

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* Last week the US GAO dismissed Hawker Beechcraft’s [HBDC] protest of the Air Force’s decision to exclude the company’s proposal as “technically unacceptable”, in the context of the Light Air Support (LAS) RFP (FA8637-10-R-6000). The agency “fundamentally [disagrees] with HBDC’s premise that the Air Force directed the notice of exclusion to an ‘incorrect’ address.” Now the company is suing the USAF. At stake is a $1B award for the Afghan Air Force that Embraer otherwise looks set to win with its A-29/EMB-314 Super Tucano. * German Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere, speaking of the Afghan forces: “At some point, you have to take off the training wheels.” * China says its BeiDou / Compass navigation satellite system started operating yesterday after the launch of its 10th satellite. * Russia will commission Bulava ballistic missiles after this year’s successful tests. * Australia is investigating the possibility of hiring foreign sailors and pilots. * Air Commodore Ted Bushell AM (Retd) wrote in Air Power Australia that the country’s naval capabilities are “decaying.” * Spend Matters offers a summary of yesterday’s Radio 4 “Buying Defence” covering the UK’s ongoing acquisition reforms. * South Korea will buy 2 modified Falcon 2000s from Dassault […]

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