Stork operating company Fokker Services of The Netherlands and Alenia Aeronautica S.p.A. of Italy have - in presence of both the Royal Netherlands Air Force and the Italian Air Force - signed an agreement for support of the F-35 Lockheed Martin fighting aircraft, formerly known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) and recently named "Lightning II".
Both companies have agreed to cooperate in establishing best value solutions for the F-35 airframe maintenance as an integral part of the Lockheed Martin/F-35 Team Global Sustainment solution. The agreement follows the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Netherlands and Italian Ministers of Defence in March 2006 and indicates that both companies will cooperate on F-35 sustainment activities as they have a common interest to establish and build up the relevant capabilities to a European footprint for the F-35 program.
In the future more definition on the extent of the actual activities and workshare between the parties will be established. This will reflect the level of co-operation of both nations as agreed by the respective Governments. Stork / Fokker Services will involve other Dutch industrial companies wherever possible.
Alenia Aeronautica is part of the Finmeccanica Group and is the leading company for aeronautical programs including providing support services to various customers and Fokker Services, part of the Stork Aerospace, supplies integrated maintenance services and products to civil and military aircraft owners and operators throughout the world.
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