F-35 JSF Program: US & UK Reach Technology Transfer Agreement

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New dawn for the F-35?(click to view full) The USA’s ITAR laws covering military technology transfer have been a thorn in the multinational F-35 program’s side from day 1. Those restrictions were a barrier to allied participants’ wish to be full participants in the project, and have also created questions regarding their ability to maintain their aircraft without always having to go hat in hand to the USA. Shared stealth technologies like radar-absorbing paint that helps the aircraft meet its design promises, software source code underpinning the aircraft’s equipment and weapons integration, and agreements covering follow-on development of after-market capabilities were the key issues for the UK – but the UK is not alone in its concerns by any means. In December 2005, “UK Warns USA Over ITAR Arms Restrictions” explained the core issues, and obstacles. There were even fears that Britain would pull out of the project. In March 2006, “British JSF Prospects Looking Up” offered a complete history of the issue, and indicated progress. In August 2006, the USA and UK reportedly reached an agreement. Now, in November 2009, there are reports that the USA is backtracking on that agreement… Nov 24/09: Reuters reports that America will not […]

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