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I found this sentence as an answer to the question "what are some of the symbols of Japan's wealth?"

次期主力戦闘機を何機も買おうとしていること

I'm not sure wether it means they're buying a lot of next-generation fighters, or none at all.

I think it's a bunkei I have yet to learn and I can't find it in the textbook.

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There is no relation here. It is simply 何機も followed by the form 〜(よ)うとする. The 何機も corresponds to the combat planes because planes are counted with . The 何 + counter + も pattern just means "several" or an undetermined amount of that thing. For example

  • 食堂に生徒が何人もいます → There are several / There are a number of students in the cafeteria.

So your first translation is correct. "They will try/intend to purchase several combat planes next." (+ こと to answer the question).

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Thank you so much! I didn't know about 何~も meaning "several", so I was in doubt because I thought it meant "none" and assumed it was a new bunkei. –  fairchild Aug 15 '13 at 21:02

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