Dutch Politicians Finally Settle On JSF

By Tony Osborne
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
September 23, 2013
Credit: Lockheed Martin

After years of political wrangling, the Netherlands has finally decided to purchase the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), but at a greatly diminished number than originally envisaged.

The Hague will now buy 37 of the 85 F-35s it had intended to purchase when it first signed on to the program in 2002, basing its decision on the need to remain within the tight €4.5 billion ($6.1 billion) budget assigned for its F-16 Fighting Falcon replacement program, and the €270 million annual operations budget for fighter types in the armed forces' inventory.

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