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Dutch Sign F-35 Production MoU, But Political Challenges Remain

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F-35A: Dutch treat?(click to view full) The Netherlands’ Secretary of Defense Cees Van der Knaap has signed the Production Sustainment & Follow On Development (PSFD) MoU in Washington D.C. together with his American counterpart, Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England. See the Ministerie Van Defensie release [Dutch], and the speech given during the signing ceremony [English]. Meanwhile, an ANP story in the Dutch media offers an overview of the political tensions beneath the surface as the country heads toward general elections very soon. DID Netherlands correspondent Vincent van Neerven was good enough to provide a translation, allowing a summary of its additional insights: F-35B vertical landing,flaperons in use(click to view full) Dutch undersecretary of Economic Affairs Karien Van Gennip describes the JSF as “a success story to be continued,” repeating the government’s figure of $720 million (more than EUR 570 million) in orders under the program thus far. By comparison, Australia’s government, which is a Tier 3 partner and invested about an eighth as much, received around $90 million in contracts. Stork Fokker’s world-class aerospace specialties in key areas like wiring and precision machining have played a significant role in achieving that level of success under a predominantly “global best […]

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