While the firm's F-16 fighter jet failed to beat rival offerings from Dassault and EADS last month, a movement's afoot in the U.S. Senate to save the deal for Lockheed by authorizing an F-35 stealth fighter sale instead. Lockheed believes that this honest-to-goodness fifth-generation fighter jet could trump anything Dassault and EADS have to offer.
Will the Indians agree to reopen the competition, in exchange for a chance to own the world's preeminent fighter jet before their archrival Pakistan gets it? And if they do so, will they pay for the privilege? Experts estimate that the F-35 costs substantially more than the F-16 Lockheed originally offered. That's a pretty steep premium, but if all works out, Lockheed could still come out of this ahead. Heck, it might end up even better off.
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