Update: Pilot deaths put F-15 deal in doubt
From June 8: The crash this week of two F-15s flown by the South Korean Air Force has revived Korean anger over the Bush administration’s heavy-handed pressure campaign on Seoul to buy its next generation of fighter jets from Boeing rather than the French firm Dassault.
From the Korea Times:
“The crash…seemed to back the criticsâ€™ claim that the Air Forceâ€™s decision to choose Boeing over a French competitor was due to the influence of the countryâ€™s strong military alliance with the United States. Critics complained of its relatively high price and some questionable software problems. Observers predict that a legal battle between the South Korean Air Force and Boeing is a looming possibility over damages if a technical problem turns out to be the cause of the crash. The fighter jet is not covered by insurance.”