|Quoting arniepie (Reply 1):|
That sounds a lot like the tactics used by the ,now out of office, government of the Netherlands when they ordered 2 "development " aircraft to be more comitted to the program making it practically impossible for future governments to step away from the project at a date after their legislature.
They must be afraid that the JSF will be too delayed for it to enter into service under their rule , fearing that, after the next election, they might be out of the loop and the new government might decide to step out of the JSF adventure going for one of its cheaper alternatives (F15Se, F18SH, Grippen NG, EF, ....... ).
I doubt they will step out...
There are contracts/potential contracts worth tens of Billions of dollars associated with the F-35 program to European manufacturing companies alone... Worth way more in manufacturing value then the purchase of few hundred Grippen NG
's. Not to mention that allot of the Grippen's major components are of US origin anyway?
And lets not forget the potential tax issues.... Quote: From AW
F-35 Cost Concerns Emerge
“Every country would like to collect, but nobody wants to pay for it,” says Tom Burbage, Lockheed Martin F-35 executive vice president and general manager. In some cases, parts will travel to the future Alenia Aeronautica final assembly site in Italy, where all European F-35s (other than the U.K. aircraft) will be completed, and never touch U.S. soil, he adds.
“Tariffs and VAT [value-added tax] costs could exceed $3 billion ... and it could be a lot of extra cost if we can’t resolve that,” Burbage warns. In an effort to avoid the financial burden, the program has formed an international working group to tackle the issue."
We should probably not give too much leeway to the news media regarding the real true acquisition costs of the F-35. There are too many variables(Spin) to consider... However, We do know what the US has paid for the first 5 LRIP's... And in each of the LRIP's the costs have continually dropped as the number of A/C purchased have increased ...
harder than woodpecker lips...