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FAL was briefly adopted as NATO standard.
Equally silly was the RCAF's decision to build a much-modified Maritime Patrol Aircraft based upon the Bristol Britannia turbo-prop airliner. The greatest change was to Wright Turbo-Compound piston engines because they provided better fuel economy than early turbo-props.Siberia addresses the core issue here, which is not domestic politics of jobs, but is...who is the customer?
.... Economies of scale from its domestic orders give US massive advantage over other sources. Why did UK bother with 40-odd Nimrods when >700 Orions were to be built? Waste.