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ANALYSIS: Crunch time for T-X trainer bidders

When discussing the stakes of the competition to build 350 new advanced training jets for the US Air Force, the bidders prefer not to frame the outcome in stark “do-or-die” terms. “I don’t think it’s live or die,” says Marc Lindsley, programme manager for Leonardo, which has proposed selling the T-100 variant of its M-346 for the $16 billion contract. “We are selling the -346 around the world.”

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