Secretary of Defense James R. Schlesinger, representing the U.S. Government, today signed a Memorandum of?
Mr. Frank A. Shrontz, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations & Logistics (left) and General Howard Fish, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (International Security Affairs) (right) look on as Secretary of Defense James R. Schlesinger (centre) signs documents.
The coverage is of Secretary of Defense James R. Schlesinger signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the U.S. and Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Norway, finalizing the selection of the F-16 as the four countries' F-104G replacement aircraft.
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Background: Secretary of Defense James R. Schlesinger, representing the U.S. Government, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the U.S. and Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Norway. The signing finalizes the selection of the General Dynamics F-16 Air Combat Fighter as the four countries' F-104G replacement aircraft. This follows notification by the Government of Belgium on June 9, 1975, that it had signed the MOU. The other three countries had signed it in late May.
Thru this Memorandum of Understanding the United States and the four countries enter into a co-production agreement by which the Europeans plan to produce up to 348 aircraft for their own use. The proposal allows for aerospace industries in these countries to share in the manufacture of the aircraft for the U.S. and third country sales participating up to a level of at least 100% or more of the value of their initial program.
In addition of sharing in the co-production of the aircraft, the European countries and the U.S. will also have the advantages of sharing joint logistics, maintenance, and training facilities within the European theatre.
This decision on the part of the consortium will enable NATO and allied forces to take a major step toward standardization of their weapons systems. The U.S. Air Force announced early this year plans to procure at least 650 F-16s with a large number of the aircraft being deployed to European bases.