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U.S. and British defense officials have inked a new agreement on the transfer of sensitive technologies for the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, removing an irritant in the close relationship between the two allies that has rankled both sides for months.
At a July 18 meeting, the U.K. Ministry of Defence's chief of procurement, signed an agreement setting forth a statement of principles for Britain to achieve operational sovereignty of any Joint Strike Fighter aircraft it may acquire, according to Defense Department officials. The U.K. Ministry of Defence wants access to technologies and secrets that will give it the means to maintain and upgrade its notional JSF fleet independent of the United States; the Defense Department in recent months has resisted releasing the technologies Britain seeks.
Aviation experts say the sticking points in deliberations likely have been British access to stealth technology, software source code underpinning the aircraft's operations, and agreements on follow-on development of after-market capabilities that U.K. firms could manufacture and market around the world. The Defense Department's reluctance to provide key technologies -- particularly critical software code -- to Britain, however, sparked deep resentment and threats earlier this year from London to withdraw from the fighter-jet program.
setting forth a statement of principles for Britain to achieve operational sovereignty of any Joint Strike Fighter aircraft it may acquire
Originally posted by waynos
this is not an agreement for Britain to buy F-35's, only an industrial agreement on technology transfer and operational sovereignty
Originally posted by paraphi
Personally I think the US have made mistakes and have demonstrated a willingness to TAKE and not give. The US position has - I fear - been perceived as a snub and crass arrogance by other nations too, notably Australia.
Originally posted by iqonx
Britain will fork over 100% of any technology it has to America in a heart beat while America will give nothing in return this has been going on since the end of WW2 and nothing is going to change.