Indigenous advanced fighter aircraft in Israel: Considerations for decision-making
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On February 1980 Israel decided to develop and produce an indigenous advanced fighter aircraft (AFA). This decision is under a continuing review through the acquisition life cycle. This report examines the decision against a broad background which includes insights into the Third World and European aircraft self-production patterns; the technological capability of the Israeli arms industry; Israel as arms supplier; Israel as a recipient of arms and security assistance. The report comprehensively analyzes the political and the economic aspects of the indigenous AFA decision. It concludes that political considerations should impact the decision only after considering the economic ones. The latter generally favor indigenous AFA. The major obstacle is the inflationary impact of the indigenous production, and that should be the determining ingredient in any further decision. (Author)
NPS Report NumberNPS-56-81-020
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