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Selection of F-35 for the Netherlands Made Official

17 Sep 2013

The strategic paper ‘In the interest of the Netherlands’ presented by the Dutch Minister of Defense, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, on 17 September 2013 officially confirms the selection of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II (Joint Strike Fighter) to replace the F-16 multi-role fighter fleet of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. The 30-year investment budget of 4.5 Billion Euros reserved earlier for the F-16 replacement in addition to the current F-16's annual operational budget of 270 Million Euros should allow for a fleet of 37 F-35A conventional take-off and landing versions, thus 35 F-35s can be procured in addition to the two test aircraft already purchased. The first F-35s are planned to enter operational service in 2019, with the last F-16s retiring in the mid-2020s.

The two test aircraft, procured in 2009 and 2011, had been completed earlier this year, but were put into maintained storage awaiting this final decision as well as the planned participation starting in 2015 in the operational test phase of the Joint Strike Fighter program.



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6 November 2017 | Lockheed Martin

International Allies Receive F-35 Full Mission Simulators

Lockheed Martin recently delivered F-35 Full Mission Simulators (FMS) to the Israeli, Italian, Japanese and Norwegian Air Forces – the first-ever deliveries to international F-35 operators. The simulators are critical components of the pilot training capability at F-35 operating bases in these four countries, where they will facilitate pilot qualification training, continuation training and mission rehearsal training.

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6 November 2017 | Defense-Aerospace

Norway Receives First Three F-35s

On November 3rd, three Norwegian F-35 aircraft flew from Fort Worth, Texas and landed at Ørland Air Base, Norway. “Receiving the first three aircraft is a major milestone for Norway. On November 10th, Norway will celebrate First Aircraft Arrival of the first three F-35s on Norwegian soil. Achievi...

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6 November 2017 | Air Forces Monthly

339 Mira disbands at Andravida

An official ceremony was held at Andravida air base on October 31 for the disbandment of 339 ‘Aias’ Mira, one of the two locally based F-4E (AUP) Phantom II squadrons belonging to the Hellenic Air Force’s 117 Combat Wing. The…Read more ›

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5 November 2017 | IHS Jane's

Montenegrin military modernisation includes Bell 412EPI helicopters

The Armed Forces of Montenegro (Vojska Crne Gore, VCG) will be equipped with three Bell 412EPI twin-engine utility helicopters as part of the modernisation process it began after the country joined NATO in June. The contract, expected to be finalised and signed in early 2018, includes EUR29.9

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5 November 2017 | Google News

Dubai Airshow flying display announced

Dubai Airshow has announced the first round of aircraft taking part in the flying display at this year’s event. Aerobatic displays at this year will include PLAAF August 1st Air Demonstration Team from China performing in J10As and the Russian Knights in Sukhoi SU30Ms, in addition to the UAE’s Al Fursan flying their Aermacchi MB-339NATs.

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3 November 2017 | Defense-Aerospace

F-35 Detachment Arrives in Okinawa

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa --- Twelve U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning IIs and approximately 300 Airmen from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, arrived here for the aircraft’s first operational deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region Nov. 2. This is the first time the F-35s have deployed as part of a planned U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package.

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2 November 2017 | IHS Jane's

Chile eyes F-16 upgrades, new AESA radars

The Chilean Air Force is studying options for upgrading its fleet of 46 F-16 fighters to keep the aircraft up-to-date through the 2030s, and any resulting programme would become the service's top priority, senior military sources in Santiago told Jane’s . The plan, set to be launched between

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2 November 2017 | Flight Global

New long-range missile project emerges in US budget

The existence of a two-year-old project to develop a new air-to-air missile capable of intercepting targets at great distances has emerged in US budget documents. The Office of the Secretary Defense (OSD) launched a two-year engineering assessment of a new long-range engagement weapon (LREW) designed with the goal of “maintaining air dominance”, according to budget documents released last March.

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1 November 2017 | Flight Global

Czech Republic shortlists UH-1Y and AW139 for helicopter acquisition

The Czech Republic has shortlisted bids from Bell Helicopter and Leonardo Helicopters for a 12-unit requirement for multirole rotorcraft.

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1 November 2017 | Lockheed Martin

Upgrade Contract for Germany P-3C Orion Aircraft

Lockheed Martin received a $158.5 million contract for the second phase of the German Navy P-3C Mission System Refresh program. The program will upgrade the mission system processing suites on the fleet of eight P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft to support operations through 2035. The Mission System Refresh is part of an overall fleet upgrade that includes structural mid-life upgrades as well as an upgrade to the Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) cockpit capability.

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