AT-6 Out as Light Air Support Prospect

Hawker Beechcraft officials said they are “confounded and troubled” by the Air Force’s decision to exclude their AT-6 platform from further consideration in the service’s Light Air Support aircraft competition. In a Nov. 18 release, they stated that the Air Force notified them of this development in a letter, but provided “no basis for the exclusion.” They said this news was troubling because their company, which has been teamed with Lockheed Martin in offering the AT-6, has been “working closely with the Air Force for two years and, with our partners, have invested more than $100 million preparing to meet the Air Force’s specific requirements.” The officials said they have requested a debriefing. The Air Force has said it intends to acquire 20 LAS platforms for the Afghan air force. Embraer’s Super Tucano also has been in the running for LAS.