|Quoting DEVILFISH (Thread starter):|
Good that there is a chance for a counterpart to the tanker deal across the pond, and unlike in that, the American product offered is relatively cutting edge.
Dutch Refuse To Consider Super Hornet
The Netherlands defense ministry refuses to include Boeing's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in an evaluation of potential candidates for its next-generation fighter requirement.
Lockheed Martin's F-22 Raptor also will not be considered, despite a direct request from the country's Parliament to include both U.S. fighters in an evaluation of potential alternatives to the Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).
In May, Parliament called for the addition of the Super Hornet, Raptor and Sweden's Saab Gripen Next Generation to the shortlist of JSF alternatives.
According to Jack de Vries, the Dutch state secretary for defense procurement, the F/A-18E/F had been considered as a candidate in 2001-2002 but was at that time deselected because of limitations in range, self-protection and sensors.
As for the F-22, de Vries points out that the aircraft is "much bigger and heavier than the JSF and requires two engines, resulting in considerably higher operating and through-life costs." The acquisition cost per aircraft would also be much higher, he says, while there is a U.S. ban on exporting the F-22 "even to friendly allies."
The defense ministry will, however, consider the Gripen Next Generation as an alternative option, alongside the three existing alternatives (the Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 3, Dassault Rafale Standard F4 and Lockheed Martin Advanced (Block 60+) F-16E/F), de Vries says.
|Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 1):
Good deal for the F-35 program. It is truly becoming an international fighter.
|Quoting TGIF (Reply 4):|
With the Netherlands getting two F-35 test air crafts I was under the impression they were deeply involved in the program and was their F-35 purchase was a sure thing. Is this a way for them (as well as for Norway and Denmark) to put some pressure on LM to get a price as low as possible? or would they really ditch the F-35 for one of the other 4 alternatives?
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