British Aerospace's Chairman Dick Olver's plea for lifting U.S. technology controls begs the question, what can BAE Systems bring to the table (AW&ST July 25, p. 66)? Even with existing U.S. controls in place, significant and unique technology comes from the U.K. through Rolls-Royce's supply of the lift fan and clutch system, a fundamental part of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. BAE's latest offering, the Eurofighter Typhoon, is judged as being barely competitive in today's military ...

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