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US Navy close to multiyear deal on new fighters

from Defense News

The Navy is close to striking a deal to lump together all the fighter jets it plans to purchase over the next several years into a single large buy, in a victory for aerospace giant Boeing. The Department of the Navy told Congress it plans to use the "multiyear authority" it was given if it could show that buying many planes together over several years would lower their costs. So the Pentagon will begin bargaining with Boeing to buy the rest of the F/A-18 Super Hornets and E/A-18G Growlers in its program of record - some 124 aircraft - which guarantees work for Boeing until 2015. more

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