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Lockheed Martin confirms Dutch are buying extra F-35As

16th March 2021 - 13:54 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Nine Lot 16 production F-35As to be delivered in 2023-2024.

The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) will acquire additional F-35A aircraft for $1.1 billion, manufacturer Lockheed Martin has confirmed, bringing its total to 46.

Nine Lot 16 production aircraft will be delivered in 2023-2024, a Lockheed Martin spokesperson told Shephard. They will equip a third RNLAF F-35 squadron.

The Netherlands ordered 37 F-35As in 2008 for about $5 billion, with scheduled deliveries between 2014 and 2024.

Planned procurement of the additional nine aircraft was announced in October 2019.

The Shephard Defence Insight database shows a total of 15 F-35As are currently in service with the RNLAF.

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