Boeing is taking the Denmark Ministry of Defense to court for refusing to fully disclose documents showing how it evaluated competing fighter jets before it picked a new one for the country.
Chicago-based Boeing filed the legal action against Danish Defense officials this week in Copenhagen District Court, complaining after months of foot-dragging by the European government.
“It’s been almost six months since we requested the documents, and the ministry has not responded as required,” said Tom Bell, a senior vice-president of global sales and marketing with Boeing's Defense, Space and Security unit.
Last September, Boeing publicly protested Denmark's 2016 decision to award the $3 billion contract for 27 new fighters to rival Lockheed Martin.
Boeing officials said the evaluation process was flawed and unfair and submitted paperwork to the Danish Ministry of Defense - called a Request for Insight - that supposedly required the government to provide Boeing with all the materials related to its fighter procurement evaluation and final decision. Senior Boeing executives requested the internal Danish government documents to prove their case.
Since then, Boeing Defense Europe spokeswoman Marcia Costley said, Danish military officials have "shared only a small fraction of the documents Boeing is entitled to review."
The government also failed to provide "a complete list of all its files as required by law," Costley said, explaining why Boeing is now turning to the Danish courts.
Denmark picked Lockheed Martin's F-35 advanced tactical fighter (and became a partner in the Joint Strike Fighter program) over Boeing's Super Hornet and the Eurofighter group's Typhoon, which is made by a group that includes Airbus and [BAE Systems].
Danish Defense Minister Peter Christensen has totally dismissed Boeing's complaints, saying the losing bidders for government contracts are never happy with the process or the outcome. (end of excerpt)
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