Since Boeing won the T-X contract last September with a bid for a clean-sheet aircraft design, $10.7 billion lower than the U.S. Air Force’s original estimate, the question has persisted: Did the Boeing and Saab team “buy in” to the program by submitting a money-losing price to secure a franchise defense contract?  The answer carries strategic implications for the company.   If the answer is “yes,” then Boeing can expect to lose money up front as it ...

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