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Draken International Buys 12 Ex-Dutch F-16's

Fri Jul 02, 2021 6:07 am

Following in the heels of Canadian-based Top Aces buying ex-Israeli F-16's, US-based Draken International has entered into an agreement to purchase a dozen F-16's from the Dutch Air Force when they are retired from Dutch service:

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news ... ernational



The Netherlands is to sell 12 surplus Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft to Draken International for use as ‘Red Air' aggressor trainers.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) disclosed on 29 June that an agreement has been reached with the US-based contractor, with the aircraft and related equipment set to be made available in 2022.

“Draken International has been contracted by the US government for years to assume the role of enemy in US Air Force and [US] Navy exercises. These aircraft will only be used on the basis of government contracts for support tasks in (inter)national exercises and training on US territory. The US government monitors compliance with these agreements,” the MoD said in a letter to the Dutch parliament.


The agreement is for 12 confirmed aircraft for delivery starting in 2022, with a possible 28 more down the line.
 
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Re: Draken International Buys 12 Ex-Dutch F-16's

Fri Jul 02, 2021 11:19 am

These are pretty tired frames, I’m surprised they have much usable life in them, particularly for aggressor type of work which I’d think will involve a lot of high-G maneuvering. Of course, who knows, maybe they plan to just buy 2 or 3 times what they need, super cheap, so they have all of the spare parts/engines they can use.
 
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Re: Draken International Buys 12 Ex-Dutch F-16's

Fri Jul 02, 2021 8:23 pm

texl1649 wrote:
These are pretty tired frames, I’m surprised they have much usable life in them, particularly for aggressor type of work which I’d think will involve a lot of high-G maneuvering. Of course, who knows, maybe they plan to just buy 2 or 3 times what they need, super cheap, so they have all of the spare parts/engines they can use.


This last bit jives with what others have done with Mirage F1s. Lots of spares, and unfortunately a needed attrition replacement. Those A-4s and Hunters can't fly forever.

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