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  • Dutch Submarine Stuck with Budget Limits
    Dutch Submarine Stuck with Budget Limits 14 October 2020
    The Netherlands is trying to solve budgets cuts in order to replace submarines. The Dutch defence Minister started a new submarine procurement project in 2016. In December 2019, the minister informed parliament in a so-called B letter the choice she wanted to make. On October 12, 2020, the Court of Audit published a report in which it examined the study phase of the ministry’s process to procure new submarines. The Court concluded that the budget reserved by the Ministers of D...
  • Greece Privatizes its Biggest Shipyard
    Greece Privatizes its Biggest Shipyard 10 October 2020
    The Greek finance ministry on Friday launched an international tender for the privatization of Skaramangas Shipyards, the biggest shipyard in the country. In the announcement, the ministry said that "the New Democracy government, steadily focused on its reform work, restructures and reactivates significant enterprises facing chronic problems to achieve high and sustainable growth and the creation of new job positions". According to Greek media reports, the sale i...
  • U.S. Approves Patriot Sale to Netherlands
    U.S. Approves Patriot Sale to Netherlands 26 September 2020
    The Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced that the US State Department has decided to sell $241 million worth of Patriot PAC-3s to the Dutch Government. The Netherlands wants to buy 34 related missiles and equipment, repair and logistical support elements will be included in the agreement. “This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve security of a NATO ally which is an important force for po...
  • Greece investigating Dutch Frigates "M"
    Greece investigating Dutch Frigates "M" 21 September 2020
    The Greek Navy has reportedly been involved in a process of official clarification of what is happening with the Dutch "M" (Karel Doorman-class) frigates. The two Dutch ships, which are the next generation of Greek "S",(Elli-class frigates)  are considered as an ideal "intermediate" solution to replace an equal number of non-modernized frigates of the type serving in the Greek Fleet. The Dutch navy has initially...
  • Greece to rent Two FREMMs from France
    Greece to rent Two FREMMs from France 9 September 2020
    The French government had proposed two FREMM (FRégate Européenne Multi-Missions later FREgate Multi-Missions) to Greece in 2018. The proposal is again on the negotiation table according to Greek Media. France proposes Alsace (D656) and Lorraine (D657). The Dutch government has two modernized frigates to offer.  According to unconfirmed information, the annual rental cost of the two ships will be 150 million euros with the right to purchase once the lease is comple...
  • Diesel ATV Procurement
    Diesel ATV Procurement 17 August 2020
    Netherlands-based Defenture announced that a procurement agreement was signed with the Netherlands. Under the agreement, the company will manufacture ATV motorcycles for military purposes, together with its partner W-tec, which operates in Neede. Vehicles to have high mobility and will be resistant to harsh conditions will be equipped with a diesel engine. It is envisaged that a total of 249 platforms will be delivered within the scope of the contract, which will be valid between 20...
  • Multinational Multirole Tanker Started Training
    Multinational Multirole Tanker Started Training 21 July 2020
    Finding a multinational solution for the aerial refuelling requirement, NATO countries recently received the first aircraft. The Dutch Military Aviation Authority, cleared the way for the training activities for MMF1 airworthy approval which was delivered to the customer within the scope of MMU Programme under the management of OCCAR (Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation / Joint Armaments Cooperation Organization) and support of NSPA (NATO Support and Procurement Ag...
  • Virus Did Not Stop Delivery of Chinook
    Virus Did Not Stop Delivery of Chinook 9 April 2020
    Boeing, whose many of its employees were diagnosed with COVID-19, temporarily halted production activities in Seattle and Philadelphia. Despite this, Boeing continues its deliveries. The US-based company delivered the first modernized CH-47 Chinook to the Royal Dutch Air Force (RNLAF). RNLAF, which will add a total of 20 helicopters to its inventory, will have a fleet equipped with modern technology. Ridley Park in Philadelphia, CH-47 Chinook, V-22 Osprey and MH-...
  • New Fleet Replenishment to Royal Netherlands Navy
    New Fleet Replenishment to Royal Netherlands Navy 20 February 2020
    The Netherlands will procure a new logistics support vessel to improve the offshore logistics support capability of the navy. A new construction agreement has been signed to improve the offshore logistics support and supply capability of the Royal Netherlands Navy. According to Damen's announcement, more than a hundred Dutch companies will take part in the agreement, which signed in Den Helder. Damen Shipyard was chosen as the main contractor within the scope of t...
  • Support from the Netherlands for Transatlantic Power
    Support from the Netherlands for Transatlantic Power 22 January 2020
    The Royal Netherlands Army has deployed Panzerhaubitze (PzH) 2000 self-propelled howitzers to Lithuania for the first time as part of the German-led NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) battlegroup, the Dutch Ministry of Defence announced on its website. The SPHs will spend half a year in Lithuania, mainly to exercise and exchange experience with the Lithuanian army, the ministry said. NATO has increased its presence in the east by forming an alliance group with EFP and Estonia, Lat...
  • F-35: Incredible Dutch Blunder with Their First Stealth Fighter
    F-35: Incredible Dutch Blunder with Their First Stealth Fighter 4 November 2019
    An incredible blunder was made by the Dutch to 'unveil' their first F-35 multi-role F-35 multi-role operational stealth fighter jet. The Royal Netherlands Air Force celebrated with an event the launch of its first stealth F-35 fighter aircraft, but an unexpected blunder spoiled the event, with many staying awake. In particular, the first operational F-35A Lightning II for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNlAF) was coated with fire-retardant foam instead of water, ...
  • Dutch Suspend Export to Turkey
    Dutch Suspend Export to Turkey 12 October 2019
    The Netherlands suspends arms deal to Turkey, the Dutch foreign ministry said Friday. "The Netherlands decided to withhold all license applications for the export of military goods to Turkey," the ministry said in a statement sent to AFP. Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag said in the Dutch parliament Thursday that all military licence applications by Turkey would be turned down "unless there is clear proof that the goods are not being used in north-eastern Syria....
  • First Patriot Received
    First Patriot Received 17 July 2019
    The Royal Netherlands Army received the first of four upgraded Patriot air defence systems. In 2018, the Netherlands requested the US to upgrade the Patriot air defence system and Netherlands had signed approximately $ 105 million in contracts covering four systems. All four Dutch Patriot systems are to be upgraded by 2022. The system has received a major overhaul and modifications and its lifetime has been extended to 2040. The first upgraded Patriot system will undergo integration...
  • $123 million Order to GA-ASI
    $123 million Order to GA-ASI 25 March 2019
    The US has signed a $ 123 million procurement agreement with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems. Four MQ-9 Block 5 Reaper ordered under the agreement will be procured to the Netherlands under the FMS. Amsterdam's UAV supply demand was approved in 2015, but the deal was announced in 2018 at the Farnborough Air Show. Last January, Dutch staff began training in the United States. Delivery of platforms with automatic take-off and landing capabilities is planned to be completed by ...
  • Naval Group and Damen in the Final in the Netherlands 20 February 2019
    German TKMS and Spanish Navantia eliminated, Naval Group and Damen in the final in the Netherlands The Dutch government has decided to eliminate the offers of the German TKMS with the Type 212CD and the Spanish Navantia with the S80, for the replacement of its four class Walrus submarines, leaving the Saab-Damen and the French Naval Group in the final. According to the Dutch government, the German offer was eliminated on the basis of the preservation criteria of the countr...
  • Thales Develops a New Multi-Mission Radar
    Thales Develops a New Multi-Mission Radar 15 February 2019
    Thales has developed, in collaboration with the Dutch Army, a multi-mission radar system to enhance air defence capabilities. Thales announced on February 12 that it has developed a radar system in collaboration with the land forces of the Netherlands. This multi-mission MMR radar helps strengthen air defence by monitoring airspace and detecting and tracking aircraft, missiles and other air targets that may be present. "The MMR radar is able to track and record in real time any type of t...
  • Netherlands to Procure Off-Road Vehicles
    Netherlands to Procure Off-Road Vehicles 14 November 2018
    The Netherlands has announced procurement of off-road vehicles for military use. An agreement was signed with Mercedes-Benz. Under the agreement, the Netherlands will procure 515 Mercedes-Benz G-class 300CDI vehicles. In the context of the 12kN AASLT procurement program, the Dutch Army will renew its off-road vehicles, which have been in use for twenty years. Deliveries will be completed between 2021 and 2023. 12kN AASLT vehicles can carry 1.2 tonnes of payload. Chinook he...
  • Netherlands Continues Modernization 17 October 2018
    The Netherlands continues to modernize its army. In recent weeks, Netherlands has signed an agreement with the US to modernize the AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters, and now it has taken action to modernize the PzH 2000NL howitzers and CV90 vehicles.   Under the program called Mid Life Upgrade (MLU), the electronic components of PzH 2000NL howitzers will be renewed and ventilation systems will be replaced. The automatic loading system will be adapted to long-...
  • Netherlands To Upgrade 28 AH-64Ds With $1 Billion Price Tag 18 September 2018
    The U.S. Defence Security Cooperation Agency announced on Sept. 14 that its Principal Director for Security Assistance and State Secretary of Defence, for the Netherlands, have signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for the modernization of 28 AH-64Ds to the E variant. Netherlands was cleared by the U.S. government to remanufacture these helicopters back in February. The package includes upgrading 51 T700-GE-701C engines to T700-GE-701D standard. The LOA is valued at more than $1 billi...
  • Last Dutch Boxer Produced
    Last Dutch Boxer Produced 25 July 2018
    The last Boxer produced for the Netherlands put out from production line. Vehicles manufactured in Rheinmetall MAN Military's Netherlands production line and these vehicles were ordered in 2013. It was announced that it was the last Boxer which is coming out of the production line is cargo variant. The first Boxer produced on this line was the driver training vehicle and entered service in 2014. Boxer vehicles, made of hardened steel and providing high protection ...
  • Netherlands to contribute to Europe's Missile Defence
    Netherlands to contribute to Europe's Missile Defence 15 June 2018
    Dutch Ministry of Defence announced on June 13, that the SMART-L extended-range radar was tested to meter its missile defence capabilities. The study focused on integrating the SMART-L ELR radar into NATO missile defence architecture. This search, tracking and reporting capability must make it possible to destroy incoming ballistic missiles high in the atmosphere The Royal Netherlands Navy will soon be using new radars on its air defence and command frigates (LCF): the SMART-L ELR (extended l...
  • Boxer to Display 35mm Fist
    Boxer to Display 35mm Fist 6 June 2018
    Boxer will take its place in Eurosatory with Skyranger system. Rheinmetall will exhibit its products during fair which will be held in Paris on 11-15 June 2018. In the statement made by the company, it is stated that the Oerlikon Skyranger System, which was introduced for the first time in 2009, will be exhibited. Skyranger, is a 35 mm air defense system, was integrated to a a German-Dutch joint project Boxer 8x8 armored vehicles. At the end of the...
  • Dutch-German tank battalion receives first Leopards
    Dutch-German tank battalion receives first Leopards 31 May 2018
    The German Army's Panzerbataillon (Armour Battalion) 414, which includes a Dutch tank company, received its first 17 Leopard 2A6MA2 tanks. The remaining 16 main battle tanks are scheduled to be delivered to the battalion in Lohheide, northern Germany, by the end of June. Panzerbataillon 414, which the German and Dutch armies began forming in 2015, comes under the command of the Royal Netherlands Army's 43 Mechanised Brigade, which is in turn part of the German 1st Panzer Div...
  • Taiwan To Modernize Its Subs
    Taiwan To Modernize Its Subs 24 May 2018
    Taiwanese Navy will modernize the two Hai Lung-class submarines, a Ministry of National Defence official said.  Modified from the Dutch Zwaardvis-class, the Hai Lung-class subs have been in service for more than 30 years of their 35-year lifespan. The navy has planned numerous improvements, including equipping the pair with Mark 48 long-range heavy torpedoes from the US and upgrading their electronic warfare and combat systems. 
  • €6,7 Billion for Dutch Navy
    €6,7 Billion for Dutch Navy 7 May 2018
    The Dutch Navy will receive a total investment of 6,7 billion euros for the replacement of two M-frigates and six minehunters as well as the purchase of a second Combat Support Ship (CSS).  The current multipurpose frigates, the HNLMS Van Speijk (F828) and the HNLMS Van Amstel (F831) were commissioned into Navy service in 1991 and 1995. The new frigates to replace them are expected to enter service by 2024.  The CSS is one of the most urgent needs ...
  • Improved Leopards Handed Over
    Improved Leopards Handed Over 16 April 2018
    Kraus Maffei Wegmann handed over the first three modified 'German-Dutch' Leopard battle tanks to the German army on 11 April.  The Leopard 2A6MA2 features Dutch communication and information system which can communicate digitally with Dutch units. The modified tanks will immediately participate in the German-Dutch contribution to the NATO flash force in 2019. 
  • Record Pursue by Akula
    Record Pursue by Akula 19 March 2018
    A new information emerges every other day about Russia's Project 971 Shchuka-B (NATO reporting name: Akula) class nuclear-powered submarines. Speaking to Russian Defence Ministry television Zvezda, an official said that they followed an adversary submarine for days unnoticed at the Barents Strait. The Russian officer said, "We have been following for days since the first contact without being noticed which means a record for Russian naval capabilities in terms of pursue."
  • €1,1 Billion Investment in Mine Hunting
    €1,1 Billion Investment in Mine Hunting 1 February 2018
    Belgian Government has approved a €1,1 billion purchase of six new-build mine countermeasures vessels (MCMV) on 26 January. The order will be awarded together with the Dutch Navy, which is also purchasing six similar vessels. Belgium will lead the project.  These new vessels will make maximum use of unmanned systems on, under and above water to detect and destroy mines. With these unmanned systems, the search for mines can be carried out more safely and faster compare...
  • Indonesia Strengthens Navy
    Indonesia Strengthens Navy 12 January 2018
    The Indonesian Navy commissioned its second SIGMA 10514 class guided missile frigate. Ship is named as KRI I Gusti Ngurah Rai and her pennant number determined as 332. The ship was built by PT PAL shipyard in with technology transfer of Dutch Damen Shipyard. The SIGMA class frigates are also known as the Perusak Kawal Rudal Class Guided Missile Frigate in Indonesia. The 105-meter-long platform was designed to serve beyond Indonesia's waters. The ship was equipped with ...
  • Rise In The USD May Hit F-35s
    Rise In The USD May Hit F-35s 3 December 2017
    The rising value of the USD in international markets could adversely affect the procurement plans for F-35 aircraft. The Dutch publisher NLTimes.nl wrote that the amount of F-35s to be purchased could be reduced. The site noted that the Dutch Ministry of Defence budget was limited and that the order for the last three of 37 F-35 aircraft ordered could therefore be canceled. The site, which included government correspondence in the Netherlands, wrote that the order was delayed to 2019 due to b...
  • 400th BOXER in Service
    400th BOXER in Service 15 February 2017
    International OCCAR organization announced on its official website that under the BOXER program,  the 400th armored vehicle was delivered of to Netherlands, during BOXER Programme Review Meeting in Bonn, Germany held on February 1. With the BOXER program, a total of 696 armored vehicles will be produced for Germany, Netherlands and Lithuania. The 400th vehicle delivered was the 29th armored vehicle in service of the Dutch Army. Manufactured in various variants, BOXERs are used for tasks ...
  • 'Iron Fist' Support To Netherlands
    'Iron Fist' Support To Netherlands 6 January 2017
    BAE Systems has been awarded a contract to integrate Israeli supplier IMI Systems' Iron Fist Active Protection Systems (APS) on Dutch CV90 Infantry Fighting Vehicles, announced in 23 December. Iron Fist is an automated system that uses a radar to detect and track threats and then takes action to eliminate the threat. An official from Netherlands Defence Materiel Organisation stated that they would analyze safety and prequalify the active system during the test phase. He added that they ex...
  • Reference Cooperation in Europe
    Reference Cooperation in Europe 2 December 2016
    Netherlands and Belgium signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 1 December in Brussels regarding the replacement of their frigates and minehunters. Under the contract, both countries agreed to jointly purchase new M-class frigates and minesweepers, strenghtening their maritime cooperation and operational efficiency. Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert stated that the ultimate aim was to increase power of Europe and inspire further military cooperations with neighboring countries...
  • Netherlands, Luxembourg agree joint A330 MRTT buy
    Netherlands, Luxembourg agree joint A330 MRTT buy 30 July 2016
    A deal to equip NATO with a fleet of A330 MRTT air-to-air refuelling aircraft has been signed by Airbus and OCCAR, the European organization that manages cooperative weapons programs. The aircraft will be NATO property, and will be stationed at Dutch Eindhoven Air Base for pooling and sharing. Belgium, Germany, Norway and Poland intend to join the agreement at a later date. MRTT aircraft can also be used for carrying out medical evacuations.   The European D...
  • Russia repairs Indian sub INS Sindhukesari 20 June 2016
    An Indian naval diesel-electric submarine ‘Sindhukesari’ is in the “Zvezdochka” shipyard in Severodvinsk for a refit and comprehensive set of repairs. The ‘Sindhukesari’ as taken on board a Dutch built dock ship “Rolldock Star to shipyard. According to the contract, 27 months will be required on repairs with modernization. The “Sindhukesari” is the sixth submarine of those that were built in Russia as part of project 877EKM.
  • Dutch F-35s Land in the Netherlands 24 May 2016
    The Netherlands' first two F-35s landed at Leeuwarden Air Base. The jets, known as AN-1 and AN-2, took off from Edwards Air Force Base, California to participate in the country's largest air show. The Netherlands is preparing for a total of 27 F-35s, which will be permanently based in Leeuwarden in 2019 and Volkel Air Base starting in 2021.
  • F-35's International Debut to be in the Netherlands 14 April 2016
    The F-35 joint strike fighter will make its international debut this summer at Netherlands. The F-35’s appearance at the Dutch air show comes ahead of the planned international debut of the JSF at the Royal International Air Tattoo and Farnborough Air Show in the United Kingdom in July. Two US Air Force F-35As and two US Marine Corps F-35Bs are scheduled to fly over from Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, for the events. At least one Dutch F-35A will appear at the Leeuwarden Air Show in the Ne...

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