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JSF Program To Kick Off Formal Talks On Production Pact0
5/17/2005 09:29:52 AM
By Marc Selinger, AVIATION-WEEK
The U.S. Defense Department's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is about to kick off formal negotiations with its foreign partners aimed at settling key production and sustainment issues for the stealthy jet.
The talks are scheduled to begin the week of May 23 in Charlottesville, Va. The first session is expected to last about a week and is "just one of many" such meetings planned for the coming months, a program spokeswoman said May 16.
Negotiators will try to produce a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will spell out such things as the number of aircraft each country will buy and the location of maintenance facilities. The United States hopes to complete the MOU by December 2006, in time to begin low-rate production in 2008.
The United States plans to buy 2,443 JSFs for the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy, and prime contractor Lockheed Martin has said it expects to sell 2,000 to 3,000 F-35s to foreign customers, including the program's eight international partners.
The Government Accountability Office has projected that the eight partners will buy 722 jets: Australia, 100; Canada, 60; Denmark, 48; Italy, 131; the Netherlands, 85; Norway, 48; Turkey, 100; and the United Kingdom, 150 (DAILY, June 4).
The program is gearing up for the MOU talks as the first flight-test jet takes shape at Lockheed Martin's plant in Fort Worth, Texas. The company announced May 16 that it has mated the aircraft's wing with the forward and center fuselage. The aft fuselage and horizontal and vertical tails are expected to arrive at the plant soon to be added to the rest of the aircraft.
Georg MADER -- Korrespondent von Jane's Defence Weekly / MILITARY-TECHNOLOGY