This has not been noticed with the much discussed and still hotly debated tanker threads ongoing. The Dutch MoD has indicated its decision to participate in the IOT&E phase of the F-35 program by making a down payment for two airframes in 2008 for delivery in 2011 and 2012. However, a decision to procure the fighters will not be made until 2009.....
"The Netherlands is to participate in initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) of the Joint Strike Fighter alongside the USA and UK, and will provide two Lockheed Martin F-35As for the multi-national test force.
The Dutch ministry of defence has informed parliament of its decision to participate in IOT&E and to make a 10% downpayment on the two F-35s in 2008, but says it will make a final decision on buying the aircraft in 2009. The two F-35s will be delivered in 2011 and 2012. IOT&E will run from 2011 to 2013."
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.