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Why This MiG-21 Vs. F-16 Dogfight Heats Up A $15 Billion Fighter Contest

An Indian MiG-21 pilot’s capture by Pakistan earlier this week makes New Delhi’s fighter procurement contest to replace its aging fleet even more dire, a top aviation analyst said. Lockheed Martin ( LMT ), Boeing ( BA ), Saab, Dassault Aviation and Russia’s United Aircraft Corp., which makes MiG fighters, are all competing for the fighter contract, which could be worth $15 billion. India’s Foreign Ministry said that Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was flying a Russian-made MiG-21 when he was shot down by a Pakistani jet early Wednesday. Varthaman was released Friday. "If that’s true, then something needs to […]

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