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Asian defense contractors vie with the big guns of the West

Korean Aerospace Industries' T-50 jets fly in formation at the Singapore Airshow in February. (Photo by Tetsuro Kosaka)

SINGAPORE  The Black Eagles are not afraid to push the limits. South Korea's aerobatics team wowed the crowd at this year's Singapore Airshow with a display of aggressive flying, featuring tight formations and dizzying maneuvers.

     The pilots performed their stunts in T-50 jets, produced by Korea Aerospace Industries. The manufacturer, it turns out, is quite aggressive in its own right. In less than two decades it has carved out a niche in the military aircraft market, catering to still-developing economies. It is one of a few Asian players making waves in a field dominated by Western companies.   

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