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#1 Don't know much about the individual aircraft but it kind of "smells" when one of two competitors is dropped without a stated reason (hint of Chicago politics?).
Posted by tipover 2012-02-06 11:51||
#2 It's woth remembering that this is a re-visit of a similiar competition for primary Air Force Trainers. And Hawker Beechcraft was declared 'ineligible' by the current administration. the winner? Embraer.
once is happenstance
twice is coincidence
third time is enemy action
Posted by USN, Ret. 2012-02-06 14:15||
#3 Look for a link to a rich beneficiary who gives money to Obama. Soros perhaps, since it is Brazil, like Soros' investment in offshore drilling in Brazil that Obama has repeatedly helped.
Posted by Tamir Pardo 2012-02-06 14:30||
#4 Or the Tucano is a developed and proven light attack aircraft and the AT-6 is not. It's not worth sinking hundreds of millions of dollars into development for 2 or 3 dozen AT-6 then turn around and give them away to the Afghans. Let the Brazilians have the headache of dealing with them.
Posted by Shimble Guelph5793 2012-02-06 15:21||
#5 Let the Brazilians have the headache of dealing with them.
The 'company' that submitted the bid said the aircraft woudl be built in the US; it woudl be likely that the support would also have to be US based.
Posted by Pappy 2012-02-06 18:18||
#6 Also look to the fact that since it was political, the quality of product, professionalism, and competence shall be non-existant at all. It's expected to fail.
Posted by newc 2012-02-06 19:59||
#7 The Air Force was asking for problems when Hawker Beechcraft was declared "ineligible" with no reason given nor a warning of possible problems. That insures a quick trip to the courts.
Posted by tipover 2012-02-06 20:22||
#8 Want some Froot Loops with that Toucan?
Posted by OldSpook 2012-02-06 22:35||