When we’re not drilling in Brazil, we’re awarding no-bid weapons contracts to Brazilian companies that are friendly with Iran. Then we do it to the exclusion of an American company that has invested $100 million in the competitive aircraft.
Obama has no leanings towards U.S. companies but he does like communist-leaning ones. You can’t make this stuff up.
The Air Force has notified Hawker Beechcraft Corp. that its Beechcraft AT-6 has been excluded from competition to build a light attack aircraft, a contract worth nearly $1 billion, according to the company spokesman.
Hawker Beechcraft had worked with the Air Force for two years and invested more than $100 million to meet the Air Force’s requirements for the plane.
1400 employees in 20 states would have been employed through 2015 if they were awarded the contract.
The decision favors the Super Tucano built by Brazil’s Embraer for the initial contract to supply 35 with the potential for 55 aircraft worth up to $950 million, which does not include foreign sales. Read more at Washington Examiner
Embraer, a Brazilian aerospace giant, which is currently under investigation for potentially making illegal payments to obtain government contracts, is essentially owned by the Brazilian government, and it was given the contract.
To make it worse, Embraer has ties to Iran. In 1989, Brazil chose to sell their Tucano aircraft to Iran. Nothing like sharing aircraft secrets with an intermediary between ourselves and Iran.
In 2009, da Silva of Brazil invited Ahmadinejad to Brazil. Then in May 2010, da Silva helped broker a deal in which Iran would ship only a portion of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey for reprocessing; the rest would remain in Iranian hands, where it could be further enriched for nuclear weapon production.”
In Addition, an unusual clause in Embraer’s company bylaws known as the “Golden Share” provides the Brazilian government enormous operational powers that could pose a threat to American security. According to Embraer’s website, that Golden Share provision empowers the Brazilian government with veto rights over: “Creation and/or alteration of military programs, whether or not involving the Federative Republic of Brazil;” “Development of third parties´ skills in technology for military programs;” and “Interruption of the supply of maintenance and replacement parts for military aircraft,” among other things. How dangerous is this? We’re trusting the Brazilian government who will not exercise its veto rights and who buddies up to Iran.Read more at PJ Media
Isn’t that what any sane U.S. President would do?