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Originally published Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 3:04 AM

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SKorea begins bidding for $7.3 billion fighter buy

South Korea has begun accepting bids from aircraft makers to supply 60 new fighter jets at an estimated cost of $7.3 billion (8.3 trillion won).

Associated Press

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SEOUL, South Korea —

South Korea has begun accepting bids from aircraft makers to supply 60 new fighter jets at an estimated cost of $7.3 billion (8.3 trillion won).

Two arms procurement officials said the bidding began Tuesday and is scheduled to end next week. Boeing's F-15 Silent Eagle, EADS' Eurofighter Typhoon and Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter are competing.

The deal would be South Korea's biggest arms purchase ever. The 60 fighter jets will replace the country's aging fleet of F-4s and F-5s.

Both officials at the Seoul-based Defense Acquisition Program Administration declined to be identified by name, citing office policy.

South Korea faces rival North Korea over a heavily armed border. The 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce that has left the Korean Peninsula technically at war.

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