All eyes in the Western aerospace and defense industry seemingly were on Mobile, Alabama, on Sept. 14 as airliner giant and European defense prime contractor Airbus Group opened a new plant for its commercial aircraft. But trade officials in Washington apparently are casting their gaze back toward Airbus and France. A new government report suggests small- and medium-size parts manufacturers in the U.S. A&D industry may want to start with Airbus and France when looking to foreign markets ...

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