Europe's aerospace sector at a crossroads
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Current leading military combat jets are progressing well in sales terms, but all were launched more than 20 years ago and will need to be replaced on the assembly lines within a decade. However, it can take two decades to get a new combat airplane from the signature desk to squadron service, so unless difficult decisions are faced up to soon, European aircraft factories face a gradual rundown and maybe even complete closure, perhaps by as early as the end of this decade.