The Military: Comparison Shopping

Comparison Shopping

The Northrop Corp. bills its F-20 Tigershark jet as a lean, mean, less costly fighting machine. Its rival for the affections of Pentagon purchasers is General Dynamics' F-16 Fighting Falcon, the trim singleengine warplane that has been an Air Force staple for 2 1/2 years. Originally designed primarily for foreign sales, the F-20 has not sold a single plane; apparently foreign buyers are not interested in a plane that the Pentagon will not buy. In an attempt to crack the market, Northrop made an extraordinary offer to sell 396 F-20s to the Pentagon at $15 million apiece. Yet the Air Force,...

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