Arms Makers Lobby For A Level Battlefield

Since the late 1980s, U.S. shipbuilders have watched glumly as coveted orders from Turkey for eight new naval frigates went to Germany's Blohm & Voss shipyard. Unable to offer the government financing available from German competitors, American yards weren't in the running. This time, as Ankara prepares to spend $4 billion on up to 10 more frigates, U.S. defense companies are lobbying to end the financial handicap they say has hurt contractors as they vie for business abroad.

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