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Boeing $5.8 billion fighter contract in jeopardy

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Dec. 31, 2007 at 2:44 pm with No Comments »
December 31, 2007 2:44 pm

The Australian government says it wants to take a second look at a $5.8 billion contract to buy 24 FA-18 Super Hornet jets from Boeing.

Super Hornet

The contract re-examination came after the Labor Party defeated the Liberal-National coalition in elections last month.

Former Australian defense minister Brendan Nelson had approved the contract, but his political opponents contend he failed to consult his military advisors before picking Boeing.

The Boeing contract’s critics contend that the Super Hornet is outclassed by the latest Russian fighters that it contends are faster, more maneuverable and have greater range than the Boeing fighter. Several Southeast Asain countries have bought Russian fighters.

Boeing builds the FA-18 at its St. Louis plant.

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