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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