Defense Secretary Robert Gates is dramatically restructuring the fighter, attack and cargo aircraft industrial base with a host of realignments to the fiscal 2010 budget proposal announced April 6 at the Pentagon. Perhaps most dramatic are decisions to discontinue purchases of two key aircraft — Lockheed Martin twin-engine stealthy F-22 and Boeing’s C-17 strategic airlifter. The F-22 buy is now capped at 187 aircraft, including 183 already on contract and four additional airframes ...

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