The trainer market is fast becoming dependent on shared programs. BAE Systems' Hawk won a notable victory in this market in mid-2003, with an order for the U.K.'s Military Flying Training System (MFTS) competition. While only good for an initial 20 planes (with 24 more options), the order preserves a production line that had been in danger of closing. The order, and the launch of MFTS, also cements the U.K. lead in trainer manufacturing and services. MFTS is the second major shared ...


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