A BritishÂ defense support organizationÂ has partnered with BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman to compete for theÂ rightsÂ to be Europe’s F-35 avionics sustainment hub, Defense News reportedÂ Wednesday.
Andrew Chuter writes the U.K.’s Defense Electronics and Components Agency, BAE and Northrop aim toÂ propose a joint framework forÂ maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade services provisionÂ toÂ the F-35 Joint Program OfficeÂ by August.
DECA was established in 2015 after U.K.Â sold most componentsÂ of theÂ state-owned Defence Support Group to Babcock InternationalÂ and currently providesÂ support services forÂ the British military’s fleets of TornadoÂ attackÂ planes and Chinook helicopters, Chuter reports.
BAE and Northrop actÂ as Lockheed Martin‘s principal partners on the fighterÂ program.
The report saidÂ Italy, Norway, Turkey and the Netherlands have landedÂ either airframe or engine supportÂ deals as partÂ ofÂ U.S.’ F-35Â sustainmentÂ efforts in Europe.