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This article was Originally Published on Oct 08, 2006 in Volume: 5  Issue: 2

Netherlands Sign On For Next Phase of F-35 Program

Nation became the first of the F-35 partner nations to extend its participation

By Rodney L. Pringle

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The Netherlands became the first of the F-35 partner nations to extend its participation into the production and support phase of the Joint Strike Fighter program, according to Lockheed Martin. Netherlands Deputy Secretary for Defence Cees van der Knaap and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England signed the Production, Sustainment and Follow-On Development Memorandum of Understanding (PSFD MOU), which extends cooperation in the program beyond the current System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase. Once the PSFC MOU signing process is complete, the partners will cooperatively develop, produce, test, train and operate the F-35 Lightning II. The Netherlands joined as an SDD partner in June 2002 and has been involved in the JSF program since 1997. The other F-35 partner nations—the United Kingdom, Italy, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Denmark and Norway—are expected to sign the PSFD MOU by the end of December, according to the company. Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 Lightning II with its principal industrial partners, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems.

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