Europe and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program

This publication analyses Italy's and other European countries' participation in and purchase of the American multi-role F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). This is destined to have long-term strategic, operational, economic and industrial effects and a thorough knowledge of the consequences is needed to guide political, military and industrial decisionmaking. The study points out ways to strengthen the European cooperative dimension of the programme, especially that of Italy.

Italian version: IAI Quaderni 31

Roma, Istituto Affari Internazionali, July 2009, 90 p.
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1. The F-35 and European Air Forces
   1. The Need for Expeditionary and Interoperable Aircraft Fleets
   2. The Evolution of the Italian Air Force and of the Italian Navy Air Service
2. The Defense Industry and International Cooperation
3. Italy in the F-35 Program
   1. The Italian Role
   2. The Relationship between the F-35 and Eurofighter Programs
   3. Industrial and Technological Innovation
   4. The Transfer of Sensitive Technologies
4. The State and Prospects for International Cooperation
   1. The Consequences for Europe of the non-Europeanization of the F-35 Program
   2. The Opportunities to Reinforce European Cooperation
Appendix: Main Euro-Atlantic Industrial Capabilities in the Combat Aircraft Business
List of Acronyms

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