In such competitions the biggies spend small fortunes onelaborate stands at local air shows. They wine and dine defence bigwigs inpalatial chalets that would do most five star hotels credit. Selling fightersinvolves not only the companies, but their governments, who fight hardfor jobs at home and national prestige.
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The only big western makers here are Lockheed Martin,Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman. Lockheed has a big stand by TADTE standards (picture below),but it is a tiny affair compared with that firm’s efforts at shows such as AeroIndia or
Raytheon and Northrop, who could have a chance to installtheir competing RACR and SABR AESA radar upgrades on Taiwan’s 166 F-16 A/Bs,also have modest stands. Their presence here is not at all commensurate withthe size of the potential contracts.
Boeing, no doubt mindful of its commercial aircraft businesson the mainland, has not had a stand for two shows running. Air show stalwartsfrom
The real value of the show, of course, is to showcase thesurprisingly vibrant local aerospace industry.