NATO Armaments Cooperation: The Case of the European Fighter Aircraft
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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Difficulties faced by cooperative acquisition programs are identified as the inability to agree on common requirements and the existence of economic or political interests of the partner nations which conflict with or impinge on the program. These are the causes of failure of many of the past cooperative projects undertaken by NATO countries for the purpose of standardization. The study investigated the European Fighter Aircraft EFA program in order to find if the same holds true for the EFA and the impact that those difficulties had in the program. The EFA has been subject to the same problems. All the nations involved have defended their internal economic interests within the program. On the other hand, their collective economic interests have had the effect of keeping the program alive despite the difficulties. Irrespective of standardization purposes, the EFA appears as both a military and industrial necessity to push the aerospace industries of the partner nations to a competitive level in the world marketplace.
- Attack and Fighter Aircraft
- Administration and Management