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June 11, 2019 | International, Aerospace

Fighter Competitions to Watch

Over the next decade, the world may see

deliveries of 3,164 new-build combat aircraft,

according to Aviation Week's Fleet Data Services.

That includes a whopping 1,771 Lockheed Martin F-35s,

as deliveries are expected to ramp up from 147 in 2020 to

178 in 2021. At least 386 of the aircraft to be delivered by 2029 have yet to be competitively awarded. Here is a look at some

of the largest defense fighter contests underway.

Full article: https://aviationweek.com/fighter-competitions-watch-0

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  • Contract Awards by US Department of Defense - November 02, 2020

    November 3, 2020 | International, Aerospace, Naval, Land, C4ISR, Security

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