F-2 / FSX - Pro and Con
Criticism: The United States is giving away technology.
Fact: The United States is selling technology which is no longer state-of-the-art. The United States is getting 40 percent of the development work share worth $480 million. The United States has already provided F-16 technology through direct purchases and coproduction with several countries including Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, and Turkey. Additionally, Korea, Greece, Israel, Singapore, and Indonesia have coproduced elements of the F-16.
Criticism: There is no guarantee that the United States will receive an appropriate level of work share if the FSX goes into production.
Fact: The agreement stipulates that the United States will receive about 35 to 45 percent of the production work share, estimated to be worth $2 billion with over 70,000 man-years work for US industry.
Criticism: There is not even a guarantee that Japan will not just take the technology gained from codevelopment and produce an aircraft on their own.
Fact: Japan is a valued ally and has given appropriate assurances that before a decision is made to go into production, a production memorandum of understanding will be signed with the United States and that the United States work share will be significant, estimated to be approximately 40 percent.
Criticism: Japan will build an advanced fighter and sell it to foreign countries in competition with the United States.
Fact: Japan's own policy prohibits the sale of military equipment to other countries. Additionally, safeguards within the agreement expressly prohibit Japan from selling aircraft built with United States derived technology without United States consent. The United States, in turn, would never buy off-the-shelf aircraft from Japan for the same reasons Japan will not.
Criticism: Japan will use the technology it learns in FSX development to develop a world-class aerospace industry.
Fact: The agreement contains safeguards to ensure that American technology will not be transferred to third parties without the expressed consent of the United States. Additionally, the FSX technology being provided Japan is old technology. More importantly, this false impression belies a misconception and lack of faith in American aerospace competitiveness. The United States is the world's leader in aircraft manufacturing and has not maintained that position by idly watching the competition improve their product. US aerospace products of the future will continue to dominate world markets by doing what they do best, producing the most reliable and advanced aircraft to meet the needs of the consumer. Further, the major US aerospace manufacturers, Boeing, and McDonnell-Douglas and the Aerospace Industries of America, support the FSX agreement.
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