Military: Young Lions for the Navy

When the Navy went looking for new aircraft for its "Aggressor Squadron," the search became bogged down by the time-consuming complexities of competitive bidding. The Navy's needs were special: the Aggressor unit employs simulated Soviet planes to train U.S. pilots in aerial warfare. Last week the Navy solved its problem, agreeing to lease twelve Kfir-Ci warplanes from Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) for 3½ years. The Kfir is said to be superior in speed and maneuverability to the Soviet MiG-21 fighter jets.

Under the terms of the deal, the U.S. Government will pay...

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