Boe­ing, Dan­ish de­fence firms iden­tify col­lab­o­ra­tion ar­eas


Boe­ing and six Dan­ish de­fence com­pa­nies signed agree­ments to jointly pur­sue a range of business op­por­tu­ni­ties in de­fence and aero­space-re­lated man­u­fac­tur­ing, main­te­nance, soft­ware and sim­u­la­tion in­te­gra­tion, and other ar­eas. The agree­ments with Dan­ish Aerotech, Falck Sch­midt De­fence Sys­tems, IFAD, Mul­ti­cut, Sys­tem­atic and Terma are key el­e­ments of Boe­ing’s in­dus­trial plan re­lated to its F/A-18 Su­per Hornet of­fer­ing to Den­mark. Just as im­por­tantly, they also of­fer th­ese com­pa­nies the prospect to ex­pand their busi­nesses and ac­cess broader mar­kets through Boe­ing’s di­verse port­fo­lio of prod­ucts, ser­vices and tech­nol­ogy.

“We want part­ners who see our mem­ber com­pa­nies’ po­ten­tial to grow, not our po­ten­tial to re­ceive hand­outs,” said Jan Falck- Sch­midt, Chair­man of the Dan­ish De­fence and Se­cu­rity In­dus­tries As­so­ci­a­tion (FAD). “Boe­ing is of­fer­ing knowl­edge, tech­nol­ogy and sup­ply chain op­por­tu­ni­ties that can help each of our com­pa­nies, and the Dan­ish de­fence in­dus­try as a whole, win work now and com­pete for much broader business in the fu­ture.”

“The ar­eas of co­op­er­a­tion iden­ti­fied in th­ese agree­ments draw upon the spe­cialised ca­pa­bil­i­ties of Dan­ish in­dus­try to build long-term, sus­tain­able part­ner­ships in both Boe­ing’s com­mer­cial and de­fence busi­nesses,” said Deb­bie Rub, Vice Pres­i­dent and Gen­eral Man­ager of Boe­ing De­fense, Space & Se­cu­rity’s Global Strike di­vi­sion.

A study re­leased by the lead­ing Dan­ish eco­nomic con­sul­tancy DAMVAD shows that col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Dan­ish de­fence in­dus­try and Boe­ing in ar­eas of cor­re­spond­ing strengths could re­sult in the cre­ation of more than 10,000 jobs in Den­mark and the ad­di­tion of 6 bil­lion DKK to Den­mark’s GDP over 20 years.

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