Even if the next cabinet decided in favour of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF/F-35) to replace the country’s aging fleet of F-16's, the Netherlands would almost certainly order fewer planes than initially planned.
Defence Minister Hans Hillen made this remark on Sunday in the current affairs TV show Buitenhof.
The current plans call for the purchase of 85 JSFs. However, the recent price increases are bound to have their effect on the planned purchase. “The number is sure to be adjusted downward, but by how many remains to be seen,” the minister said.
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