The U.S. Air Force is canceling a disputed $350 million aircraft contract and opening an investigation into the award. Wichita-based Hawker Beechcraft was excluded from bidding on the contract to build light attack aircraft. The company has challenged the decision in court. The Air Force has set aside it’s previous award to Nevada-based Sierra Nevada Corporation. Officials say they aren't satisfied with doucmentation supporting the decision. Wichita Congressman Mike Pompeo has been asking military officials to provide more information on why Hawker Beechcraft was excluded. The decision to cancel the contract makes him suspect there may have been problems with the process.
Pompeo says if the investigation finds significant problems, it could mean restarting the bidding process. In the past, Hawker Beechcraft officials said winning the contract would create 800 jobs in Wichita.