Japan is unlikely to issue a request for proposals (RFP) in March for FX fighters because the defense ministry and other authorities are too busy dealing with the nuclear crisis and other repercussions from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, say industry executives. The country does have a firm plan to order 50 fighters to replace its fleet of aging McDonnell Douglas F-4s. Prior to the earthquake, industry executives said the defense ministry was working to issue the RFP in March. ...

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