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WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) issued the following statement on the U.S. Air Force’s announcement today that it will take corrective action on the Afghanistan Light Air Support (LAS) contract, setting aside and reviewing the contract awarded to Brazilian-based Embraer/Sierra Nevada. The LAS program would supply up to 20 AT-6 aircraft to the Afghan Air Force.

“For months, I have been demanding an explanation from the Air Force as to why the proven Hawker Beechcraft AT-6 aircraft was excluded from the competition, and it appears the Air Force also has concerns,” Sen. Moran said. “I fought for Hawker to get a fair shake and I am pleased the Air Force has set aside their decision. We will continue to work to see that Hawker Beechcraft gets fair treatment from the Air Force with the hope of more jobs for Kansas workers.”