Thales to cooperate with Dutch partners on F-35 test capabilities

The Center of Excellence will support the F-35 program with specific focus on the so-called LM-STAR test capabilities and Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO). The agreement was signed at the Dutch Industry for Defense and Safety (NIDV) symposium on 19 November in Rotterdam.
The five industry partners will create best value for the F-35 program by deploying their mutual core competences on MRO & Upgrades for avionics and other equipment. 
Cooperation includes sharing test equipment, infrastructure, personnel, knowledge and experience. Part of the activities will be performed at the Logistic Center at Woensdrecht.

The cooperation between the five companies, i.e. Fokker Services, Nedaero, NLR, Terma, Thales and the Royal Netherlands Air Force at the Logistic Center at Woensdrecht is an important step for all parties to maintain these specific capabilities in The Netherlands and to increase industrial participation in the F-35 program.