Naval Air: December 23, 2001


Britain has agreed to select a primary contractor for its two new 45,000-ton aircraft carriers in 2003, since British Aerospace and Thales Naval Ltd have said it would be too expensive to keep them both in competition through 2005 (the original date). The ships are to enter service in 2012 and 2015; each will carry 40 Joint Strike Fighters.--Stephen V Cole




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