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Monday, June 15, 2015

Plane Makers Scramble for Survival in Fighter-Jet Market

JSDAF F-15 EagleWestern combat-jet makers from Boeing Co. to the Eurofighter consortium are scouring for new export deals that could prove crucial to extending production lines at risk of closing.

A string of deals for fighter aircraft is redrawing the global battle lines among the world’s leading military aircraft makers, leaving those left empty-handed scrambling to reverse their fortunes or face a market exit.

The weeklong Paris International Air Show, which begins on Monday at the Le Bourget airfield outside the city, will see some of those jets take to the air to show off their maneuverability as salespeople court military delegations on the ground to win orders.

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