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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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