Netherlands May Cancel Last Three F-35 Fighters Buy Due to High Dollar Rate

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Netherlands May Cancel Last Three F-35 Fighters Buy Due to High Dollar Rate
Dutch F-35 Lightning II flown by Royal Netherlands Air Force

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. 

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