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August 23, 1985

U.S. aircraft manufacturers have declined to join Israel's project to build a new warplane, the Lavi fighter, but the program will go ahead anyway, the Israeli Defense Ministry said. Development of the Lavi (Lion), which is expected to make its first test flight late next year, has placed a huge burden on Israel's inflation-plagued economy. Israel plans to produce 300 Lavis to replace its aging U.S. Phantoms and the Israeli-built Kfir.

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