Qatar’s order for the Dassault Rafale—whose export orders have soared from zero to 84 in three months flat—is part of a shift in the fighter business that began just over two years ago, when the Swedish government issued a development contract for the JAS 39E Gripen. Saab subsequently locked in a co-development agreement with Brazil, while the F-15 and Eurofighter Typhoon lost to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in South Korea. The Advanced Super Hornet has languished, with ...

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