Sharing the Defense Burden:
The Multinational F-16 Aircraft Program
PSAD-77-40: Published: Aug 15, 1977. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 1977.
- Full Report:
The F-16 is a multibillion dollar program calling for coproduction of a new fighter aircraft by a consortium consisting of Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, and the United States. The arrangement should aid in standardization of weapon systems in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, provide a low cost fighter, and increase industrial activity for participants. The coproduction show the effect of European participating governments' program costs. However, the advantages of coproduction may outweigh the difficulties and added costs.