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Becoming Reality (1988–2009)

Ulrich Krotz

in Flying Tiger

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199759934
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897193 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759934.003.0006
Becoming Reality (1988–2009)

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This chapter covers Franco-German political developments around the Tiger combat helicopter from 1988 to 2009. Focusing on these years' historical processes illustrates—notably through the evolving Franco-German pride regarding the high-end armament product and their joint salesmanship of the Tiger—that institutionalized relations may bring about events that in turn reflect back on the meaning of an institutionalized relationship itself. Three particular sets of outcomes need explanation during these years leading up to the Tiger's becoming a physical reality: French and German export interests in Dutch, British, Australian, and Spanish export episodes; the quite different French and German interest formation in the Turkish export episode; and the outcomes of the difficult year 1996, when the program's existence was questioned once again.

Keywords: Franco-German relations; France; Germany; Tiger combat helicopter; institutionalized relations; export interests

Chapter.  17512 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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