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South African Dogfight Missile in Limbo
Clashing political and military imperatives are confounding South Africa's efforts to select a short-range air-to-air missile for its Gripen fighter aircraft.
The Defense Ministry is now looking at a straight choice between the German-led IRIS-T and South African missile maker Denel Aerospace's Agile-Darter. But there's growing concern among some in industry that a decision will be pushed back several years because of a lack of funds and different views within the government on how to proceed.