Verhagen to help private sector in the race for JSF contracts

Former Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Maxime Verhagen is to assist Dutch companies in their efforts to win contracts for the production and maintenance of the F-35, known as the Joint Strike Fighter. In a letter to the Dutch House of Representatives, Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp reported today that Verhagen will serve as special representative of the Dutch defence industry.

Business missions to the U.S.

'Production and maintenance of the JSF presents opportunities for Dutch industry,' Kamp said. 'With his immense experience, Verhagen will be an asset to companies wishing to win contracts.'

Verhagen will represent Dutch government and industry in the U.S., opening doors to the upper management of key U.S. firms and supporting Dutch businesses in the race for contracts. His work will include heading business missions to the U.S. and serving as a contact for companies in the Netherlands looking for assistance with their contacts with U.S. businesses.

140,000 gross work years

So far, the development phase of the F-35 has generated some 1600 work years and turnover of more than 400 million U.S. dollars. According to the Dutch businesses involved, the production phase can generate from 8 to 10 billion dollars in turnover and a total of some 52,000 work years. Industry estimates put the value of maintenance at twice this amount: some 16 to 20 billion U.S. dollars. Production and maintenance combined can generate from 110,000 to 140,000 gross work years.