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Release No: 271-02
May 28, 2002

U.S., DENMARK SIGN JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER AGREEMENT

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics E. C. "Pete" Aldridge and his Danish counterpart, National Armaments Director Jorgen Hansen-Nord, today signed Memorandum of Understanding documents committing Denmark to participation in the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) system development and demonstration phase.

This commitment will span the next 10 years and highlights the growing international impact of the JSF program. Denmark's participation signals the importance it sees in joining this far-reaching and technologically challenging endeavor.

"This agreement serves just about every facet of our two countries' national security imperatives," Aldridge said. "Not just in terms of air dominance, but also interoperability, defense transformation, modernization, cost reduction, acquisition excellence, and the health of our industrial bases. This is a great day for both our countries."

Hansen-Nord said, "This is an important agreement for Denmark's Ministry of Defence and Danish industry. This project will enhance interoperability with U.S. and allied forces, and will provide opportunities for Danish industry to participate in this cutting-edge aerospace project."

The pact further strengthens the exceptionally close U.S./Denmark defense relationship. As the largest ever DoD acquisition program, JSF also is setting new standards in development of manufacturing technologies, acquisition and business practices, and export licensing. Both countries recognize the importance of sharing experiences in all these areas.

Participation also will provide opportunities for Danish industry to partner with U.S. and U.K. industry. As a result of Denmark's involvement, U.S. industry also has sought teaming arrangements in Denmark with strong opportunities for cooperation in follow-on production. In joining the JSF program, Denmark also teams with the U.K. and Canada.

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