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Old 12 Jul 17, 07:01
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It's clearly a buyer's market right now. There are too many companies pushing their machines, so now they have to offer very attractive deals, and not only on price, but all kinds of supplemental services it seems.
Indeed; through-life support and training is nothing new but the IP aspect is. OEMs now have to invest in target markets to a far higher degree and sacrifice much more. As I mentioned, see Brazil and the proposed Indian light fighter programmes with complete ToT and production in-country. The US retains the advantage of critical mass and support guarantee that others find it hard to match, though Sweden is better than most.

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SAAB just withdrew its bid for the Belgian procurement of new fighters. It seems the Belgians have made it a condition that IF you get to sell them these fighters, you are also contractually obliged to service them anywhere in the world, should Belgium chose to go to war there including handling what air-refueling the Belgian air-force might need.
You have to provide through-life support and that includes [overseas] servicing, but that is so common now as to be irrelevant. I suspect Saab feel the F-35 will win and therefore it is not worth the investment.

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The NATO AWACs are under some kind of sharing-scheme already iirc. So is heavy airlift capabilities.
True, but in the case of AWACs they still belong to particular air forces; the sharing is the availability and the recompense. They are registered to a particular operator. It has been suggested that the Nordics or Baltics (and GCC) undertake something similar for various capabilities.
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