Labour demands study of fighter jet costs

29th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

29 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — Main opposition party Labour PvdA is demanding the auditor general re-examine the rising costs of the US-led development of the Joint Striker Fighter jet (JSF).

29 March 2005

AMSTERDAM — Main opposition party Labour PvdA is demanding the auditor general re-examine the rising costs of the US-led development of the Joint Striker Fighter jet (JSF).

The social-democrats will demand the investigation during a debate in the Lower House of Parliament on Wednesday, RTL News reported.

The PvdA is concerned about the exploding costs of the JSF. The development of the project has blown out by 80 percent to USD 45 billion since 1996, a report from the US auditor has indicated. Besides the rising costs, the project is also seriously behind schedule.

The Netherlands agreed in 2002 — following long debate — to contribute USD 800 million to the cost of developing the next generation of jet fighters. In return, industry in the Netherlands, and several other countries, were to receive orders to work on some of the jet's components.

In addition, the contributing countries plan to purchase the JSF to replace their aging fleets of fighters. The Netherlands — which has refused to pay any more than USD 800 million to assist in its development — wants the JSF to replace its F-16s from 2010.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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