posted on Apr, 15 2007 @ 05:46 AM
I´d think that there first has to be a common "Joint technology groundwork" within the EU before going ahead with further multinational
developments. I say this on the basis of the extremely harsh problems most joint defense projects are troubled with as of late.
Too many fail, get abridged or otherwise harrassed by differing opinions of the participating states, which at best results in severe delays of the
products (as in the case of the Typhoon). Another example could be the GTK Boxer. Another problem is that the big European def contractors, namely
EADS and BAe Systems, manage to steal out of responsibilities for product mismanagement despite their near-monopoly market position.
The possible future HTH program, or Heavy Transport Helicopter by Eurocopter, could be used also as "testbed" for a new approach to joint
development under EU steering. Eurocopter in particluar has so far managed to keep its mil projects largely on track (the Tiger and the NH90), though
in the case of the HTH there is also open thoughts about doing a Eurocopter-Boeing/Bell/Lockheed teamup.
Anyway, I´d say that the participating members should show more commitment to these programs or be granted less loopholes to abridge or bug out of
these in order to speed up development. Then again, thats wishful thinking.