The Dutch Ministry of Defense may cancel the purchase of last three F-35 fighter jets due to high dollar rate.
The MoD may not have enough money to buy the last three of the 37 fighter jets as the government plans to purchase, State Secretary Barbara Visser of Defense wrote in a letter to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, ANP news wire reported Thursday.
She wrote that there is "just not enough project budget" for the last three fighter jets, but does not seem to consider the problem definite yet, according to the news wire.
"The decision on the order of these three remaining planes will be discussed in 2019", Visser wrote. "By that time, I will inform the Kamer about this."
Last year the Court of Audit also warned that the purchase of the JSF jets, or F-35 as they're officially called, may be more expensive than expected due to fluctuations in the dollar exchange rate. These jets are the intended successors of the F-16s.
The State Department has approved $53 million worth sale of AIM-120 C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) to Netherlands. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today, the DSCA said in a statement Wednesday
Lockheed Martin is being awarded a $53 million modification contract for the production of Mk 48 Mod 7 guidance and control sections and Mk 48 Mod 7 Common Broadband Advanced Sonar System (CBASS) functional item replacement kits for Australia, Netherlands, Canada, Turkey and US Navys. The contract also includes factory test equipment, spares, production support material and related engineering services and hardware support for guidance and control sections and CBASS kits, the US department of Defense said in a statement Friday
The US State Department has approved $34 million sale of additional 70 AGM-114R Hellfire missiles to Netherlands. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on 11, July, 2017
The US State Department has approved $58.2 million for the sale of AN/AAR-57A (V) 7 Common Missile Warning Systems (CMWS) to be employed on the Netherlands AH-64D Apache helicopters
Boeing has won more than $14 million for obsolescent part changes on Chinook tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopters for Turkey and the Netherlands. "The Boeing Company [of] Ridley Park, Pennsylvania was awarded a $14,297,933 modification to [a] foreign military sales (Netherlands, and Turkey) contract for obsolescent parts changes for CH-47F Chinook helicopters," the Department of Defense said in a press release Wednesday
The US State Department has approved sale of defense articles and services in support of continuation of a Continental United States (CONUS) based Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16 Formal Training Unit for an estimated cost of $110 million. The Government of the Netherlands has requested to buy defense articles and services in support of continuation of a Continental United States (CONUS) based Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16 Formal Training Unit, to include up to 27 GBU-12 Inert Paveway IIs
Swedish firm Saab has received an order from the Defence Material Organisation, DMO, for support and update of simulators to the Netherlands Armys Mobile Combat Training Centre. The order value amount to SEK 115 million is a two-year extension and includes an option for one additional year of support
The shortage of spare parts for the F-35 aircraft has degraded readiness. The aircraft were not able to fly about 22 per cent of the time in the past year due to shortage of spares, Government Accountability Office has stated in its latest report
The US Department of Defense has taken actions to reduce F-35 fighter sustainment costs, but the estimated life cycle costs have increased and are not fully transparent to the military services, the Government Accountability Office has stated in its October 2017 report. According to the GAO report published October 30 this year, the services do not fully understand how the costs they are being charged by the F-35 program office are linked to the capabilities they are receiving
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