JETS FOR EASTERN EUROPE

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Former Soviet satellite countries may become the Pentagon's newest customers. Defense Secretary William Perry today said the U.S. has offered to sell F-16 fighter jets to Poland and "a number of Central European countries." But caveat emptor: TIME's Thompson says the jets are probably the same 200 older models that the Pentagon has failed to unload on the Philippines, Morocco and Venezuela. "You buy them for $8 million," Thompson says, "but you have to have $6 million in improvements done on each one."