The Dutch voted against the purchase of F-35 fighter jets

The Dutch voted against the purchase of F-35 fighter jetsThree-quarters of the inhabitants of the Netherlands were in favor of the forthcoming implementation of government programs from cuts in defense spending, demanding to abandon the purchase of promising American fighters F-35 Lightning II. As reported by the Dutch publication Volkskrant, a survey of public opinion on the eve of parliamentary elections scheduled for September 12, 2012, held by the Institute of international Relations Clingendael.

According to the respondents, the price of programs from design and procurement of F-35 is unreasonably high. With all of this possible development aircraft, which will have to change in the Netherlands Air Force F-16 obsolete, often tolerated. DOD Netherlands, in turn, insists on buying a promising fighter. The country's parliament has announced that a final decision on the purchase of American fighter planes will be decided after the election.

Interestingly, the survey data were made public a few weeks after its own first flight made fighter F-35 for the Netherlands Air Force. Plane with the tail number F-001 took off from an air base in Fort Worth August 6, 2012. The flight was considered successful. According to Flightglobal, this event was not commented upon by the Dutch authorities. Developer of the aircraft, the company Lockheed Martin, also declined to comment, asking all the questions to ask the Ministry of Defence of the Netherlands.

According to well established practice, the formal transfer of the ordered F-35 Air Force carried out, or the customer during the roll-out has already assembled the aircraft, or soon after the first flight. Thus, namely from left to F-35B RAF. Meanwhile, the handover ceremony F-35 Air force Netherlands not yet accomplished. Under the current proposal, the Netherlands wants to acquire 85 F-35 fighters.

In January 2012, the Ministry of Defence of the Netherlands has started negotiations with the military department of Norway on joint maintenance and modernization of the F-35 fighter jets, such as pilot training aircraft. According to the department, such a step will allow Norway and the Netherlands to lower operational costs for the F-35. It is possible that in this program there and join in Denmark.

In total, scheduled to be released about 3.1 thousand fighters F-35, of which 2473 will perceive by the Air Force, Navy and United States Marine Corps. Of the European countries South American warplanes want to buy Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway. During the project the price of F-35 actually increased in two times, and deadlines for the development of 3 major versions of the aircraft moved an average of four years.

Of the European countries South American warplanes want to buy Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway.

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