Mon, May 24, 2010
Parliament Has Debated Three Resolutions To End Participation
In F-35 Development
The Dutch government has all but officially cancelled their
participation in the F-35 JSF program. The Dutch parliament has
debated proposals by the SP (Socialist Party), PvdA (Labor) and GL
(Green Left) in recent weeks.
The first proposal from the Socialist part stated that the
government should not be permitted to contract any new obligations
in the JSF project.
The Labor proposal called for the cancellation of the contract
for the First LRIP3 test aircraft, and to get the money back from
the US for long lead items. In addition, it said the Dutch
government should not sign any contract for the Second LRIP4 test
aircraft, and should cancel participation in the MOU-IOT&E.
The final proposal from the Green Left part says that, because
the evaluation of the Dutch air force F16 replacement in 2002 and
2008 was based on wrong estimates and unreliable data, as can be
learned from the US JET data in April 2010, a new evaluation
process will be needed.
All of these proposals were accepted, but analysts indicate
there is a possibility that after election of a new Parliament in
June, the decisions could be reversed.
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