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Official attributes loss rate to pilots’ lack of combat experience; insufficient training; and insufficient intelligence on the threat.
BEL-Thales Systems will meet new offset and tech transfer rules
Engine costs are excluded from totals given by program officials.
Reliability of indigenous fighter powerplants remains questionable.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced his resignation after less than two years in the post.
The aircraft will replace 14 (K)C-135FR tankers in the French air force from 2018, at a rate of one or two per year.
The latest missile bears a close resemblance to the Indian-Russian BrahMos missile.
Program officials are hoping that the move will boost the type’s flagging export prospects.
The nation’s air force intends to eventually replace all three of its existing combat aircraft with the Swedish jet.
The aircraft appeared at the show in PLAAF livery, and the service is expected to be the primary customer.