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Latest update: January 2018
 
Abbr.: Order and inventory status information: Abbr.: Order and inventory status information:
       
Order. No. of aircraft ordered. WFU No. of aircraft Withdrawn From Use.
Opt. No. of aircraft options. Sold No. of aircraft sold to another country.
Opp. No. of possible aircraft sales. Oth. D. No. of aircraft bought from another country.
Canc. No. of aircraft ordered cancelled. LS↓ No. of aircraft leased from another country.
Del. No. of aircraft delivered. LS ↑ No. of aircraft leased to another country.
On Or. No. of aircraft to be delivered. Act. No. of aircraft operational.
W/O No. of aircraft Written Off (crashed).    
       
Lease: When the no. of aircraft LS↓ and LS ↑ are equal the leased aircraft have been returned to the owner.
 
Order and production overview - aircraft totals
 
Aircraft totals Order. Opt. Opp. Canc. Del. On Or. W/O WFU Sold Oth.D. LS↓ LS ↑ Act.
A330MRTT 7 4       7             0
AB412 3       3 0     3       0
AH-64 30       30 0 2       12 12 28
AS532 17       17 0   5         12
BO-105 31       31 0 3 24 4       0
C-130 2       2 0       2     4
CH-47 26       12 14 2     7     17
F-16 213       213 0 38 49 58       68
F-27 14       14 0   9 5       0
F-35 2   35   2 0             2
F-5 105       105 0 15 22 67       1
Fokker 50 2       2 0     2       0
Fokker 60 4       4 0     4       0
GIV           0       1     1
KC-10           0   1   3     2
Lynx 24       24 0 3 21         0
MQ-9     4     0             0
NH90 20       20 0   1         19
P-3 13       13 0     13       0
PC-7 13       13 0             13
SA.316 77       77 0 10 22 45       0
Total 603 4 39   582 21 73 154 201 13 12 12 167
 
Comments:

A330MRTT:

The Netherlands was the lead nation in the European MRTT project which is now known as the NATO Multinational Multi Role Tanker Transport Fleet (MMF) program. Aircraft will be operated by NATO but as they will received Dutch serials they will be listen here.

Country Ord. 1 Ord. 2 TBO Opt. Tot.
           
LUX and NED 2       2
GER and NOW   5     5
BEL     1   1
New member(s)       3 3
           
Total 2 5 1 3 11


Order 1: Contract signed on July 28, 2016.
Order 2: Contract signed on September 25, 2017 (see comment).
Order 3: Belgium announced on December 22, 2017 to join the program which will lead to one aircraft to be ordered.
Option: The total contract covers the purchase of 11 A330MRTTs.

Comment:

At the end of June 2017 during a NATO meeting in Brussels it was announced that both Germany and Norway will join the program which will result in 5 options converted into an order. Of the seven aircraft four will be based at Eindhoven and three in Germany.

More info: RNLAF A330MRTT contract. (not including the addition of Germany and Norway).

AB412SP:

All three sold to Peru.

AS532U2 Cougar:

One Cougar will be preserved in Soesterberg. The active helicopters will remain in service until 2023 and then be phased out.

CH-47D/F:

On December 14, 2017 Boeing and the Dutch MoD signed an agreement to upgrade the six CH-47F Chinooks to the latest variant with deliveries to begin in 2021.

The 11 CH-47Ds currently on strenght will be withdrawn from service when the new CH-47Fs have been delivered.

14 CH-47Fs have been ordered which will be delivered with the same specification as the US Army CH-47Fs which are being delivered. Ten will be based at Gilze-Rijen and four at Ft. Hood, Texas.

AH-64A/D:

12 AH-64A Apaches were leased from the US Army before the AH-64Ds were delivered. All helicopters have been returned to the USA when the lease period expired.

An article in the Fort Hood Sentinel (August 27, 2015) mentioned the possibility of a transition to the AH-64E Guardian in the next 10 years. It's however unknown if new helicopters will be purchased or if the current fleet will be upgraded to the latest Apache standard.

F-16AM/BM:

68 aircraft are available from January 2016. Included in this number are seven aircraft kept as logistical reserve. 10 F-16s are assigned to the 148th FS Arizona ANG and used for pilot training.

On July 1st, 2016 the mission of Task Force Middle East ended with all F-16s (initally six aircraft with two spares and during the last year four F-16s and two spares) and personel returning home. The F-16 squadrons supported international (peacekeeping) missions from the 1990s.

From January 4 until April 30, 2017 the RNLAF was the lead Baltic Air Policing mission nation. It marked the third deployment of the F-16s to safeguard the airspace of the Baltic nations. A total overview of all air policing missions including the details for the RNLAF can be found at NATO Air Policing Missions.

The Royal Netherlands Air Force will deploy to Jordan with four F-16s from January 2018.

F-35A:

37 Lightning IIs are planned to be purchased. Two aircraft have been delivered which are operated by 323rd TES (Test & Evaluation Squadron) from Edwards AFV. California.

Dutch parliament was informed on December 6, 2016 that The Netherlands would like to participate in a F-35 block buy by the US DoD.  Therefore the Netherlands MoD will confirm its order for the F-35A to be delivered in the years 2020 - 2022. Next year it will decide about adding six more aircraft with delivery years 2021 and 2022.
Based on the already ordered aircraft and the information available in the letter send to parliament 34 aircraft. Intented is to order a total of 37 aircraft. It's unknown when the last three aircraft will be ordered.

Royal Netherlands Air Force F-35A orders

Batch Status TB delivered by FY Number Serial
LRIP 9 Delivered   13 1 F-001
LRIP 10 Delivered   14 1 F-002
LRIP 11 Contracted 31-12-2019 17 8 F-003 / F-010?
LRIP 12 To be contracted 31-12-2020 18 8 F-011 / F-018?
LRIP 13 To be contracted 31-12-2021 19 8 F-019 / F-023?
LRIP 14 To be contracted 31-12-2022 20 8 F-024 / F-028?
           
LRIP 15? Decision 2019 31-12-2023 21 3  
           
Total       37

Note:

The Dutch F-35A purchase is budgetted for 37 aircraft. Currently 34 will be contracted see above production batches. The decision to purchase the remaining three aircraft will be taken in 2019.

LRIP 11:

Production is split between Lockheed Martin Ft. Worth, Texas (AN03 - AN08) with these aircraft to be delivered to Luke AFB, Arizona. AN09 and AN10 will be produced by Leonardo Cameri, Italy. These aircraft will be delivered to Leeuwarden Air Base in the fourth quarter of 2019. All F-35As ordered from LRIP 12 will also be produced in Italy. Volkel Air Base is expecting its first aircraft in 2021.

LRIP 12 - 14:

Will be part of a block buy which is negotiated between the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) and Lockheed Martin.

During autumn 2016 the Netherlands ministry of defense confirmed its participation in a block buy. These were LRIP 12 eight aircraft and LRIP 13 / 14 five aircraft. These last two bacthes were augmented to eight aircraft in the fourth quarter of 2017. The following contracts will be awarded:

Funding (additional) Long lead items January 2018
Contract LRIP 12 end of 2018
Funding Long lead items LRIP/FRP 13 January 2019

KDC-10:

From 2020 the two KDC-10s will be withdrawn from service being replaced by the two A330MRTTs (see above).

MQ-9:
 
The Netherlands MoD intended to purchase four unarmed MQ-9 Reaper (UAV) and station them at Leeuwarden. The purchase through a FMS sale has been approved by the US. However due to changes in defence budget priorities the purchase has been postponed. Therefore these are currently listed as opportunity until further information is released by the MoD.

NH-90NFH:

All helicopters which have not been delivered in the Full Operational Capability are returned to the manufacturer in Italy to be upgraded. This upgrade will include all specifications which are to be installed in the FOC helicopters as well.

PC-7:

The PC-7 fleet will be upgraded which will include a glass cockpit. The first aircraft (L-01) to underho the modernizations at Pilatus in Switzerland returned to its homebase Woensdrecht on July 19, 2017.
 
Order and production overview - aircraft detailed
 
Aircraft detailed Order. Opt. Opp. Canc. Del. On Or. W/O WFU Sold Oth.D. LS↓ LS ↑ Act.
A330MRTT 7 4       7             0
AB412SP 3       3 0     3       0
AH-64A           0         12 12 0
AH-64D 30       30 0 2           28
AS532U2 17       17 0   5         12
Bo105CB 4       4 0 3 1         0
Bo105CB-4 27       27 0   23 4       0
C-130H           0       2     2
C-130H.30 2       2 0             2
CH-47D 6       6 0 2     7     11
CH-47F 20       6 14             6
F-16A 63       63 0 31 32         0
F-16AM 114       114 0 5 7 43       59
F-16B 11       11 0 1 10         0
F-16BM 25       25 0 1   15       9
F-27.100 3       3 0   2 1       0
F-27.200MAR 2       2 0     2       0
F-27.300M 9       9 0   7 2       0
F-35A 2   35   2 0             2
NF-5A 75       75 0 12 19 43       1
NF-5B 30       30 0 3 3 24       0
Fokker 50 2       2 0     2       0
Fokker 60 MPA 2       2 0     2       0
Fokker 60 UTA-N 2       2 0     2       0
G-IV           0       1     1
KDC-10           0   1   3     2
SH-14B 1       1 0 1           0
SH-14D 22       22 0 1 21         0
UH-14A 1       1 0 1           0
MQ-9     4     0             0
NH90-NFH 20       20 0   1         19
P-3C CUP 10       10 0     10       0
P-3C-II½  3       3 0     3       0
PC-7 13       13 0             13
SA.316B 77       77 0 10 22 45       0
Total 603 4 39   582 21 73 154 201 13 12 12 167
 
Squadron and wing overview
 
Wing Group Squadron Aircraft Tailcode Base State
162nd FW   148th FS F-16AM/BM AZ Tucson IAP Arizona
    7 Squadron NH90-NFH   De Kooy  
    131 (EMVO) Squadron PC-7   Woensdrecht  
    300 Squadron AS532U2   Gilze-Rijen  
    301 Squadron AH-64D   Gilze-Rijen  
    302 Squadron AH-64D   Ft. Hood Texas
    302 Squadron CH-47F   Ft. Hood Texas
    312 Squadron F-16AM/BM   Volkel  
    313 Squadron F-16AM/BM   Volkel  
    334 Squadron G-IV   Eindhoven  
    334 Squadron KDC-10   Eindhoven  
    336 Squadron C-130H/C-130H.30   Eindhoven  
    298 Squadron CH-47D/F   Gilze-Rijen  
    323 TES F-35A   Edwards AFB California
    322 Squadron F-16AM/BM   Leeuwarden  
    860 Squadron NH90-NFH   De Kooy  
             
 
Comment(s):

All helicopters are assigned to the Defensie Helikopter Commando (DHC - Defense Helicopter Command).

302 squadron is responsible for pilot training it operates four CH-47Fs Chinook and eight AH-64D Apache helicopters.

148th FS is responsible for the RNLAF F-16 pilot training. 10 F-16s are based at the Arizona Air Force Base.
 
International operations
 
Since the 1990s the Royal Netherlands Air Force participated in international (UN, EU, NATO) operations. Current operations:

Air Task Force Middle East (ATFME):

On January 3rd six F-16s departed Volkel air base on their way to Jordan to commence the second Royal Netherlands Air Force ATFME mission. The detachement is made up of aircraft and personal Leeuwarden and Volkel air bases. It the second ATFME deployment for the F-16s. The Belgian Air Component deployed its F-16s from July 2016 until December 2017. In the same period the RNLAF deployed one of its KDC-10s twice to refuel coalition aircraft and one C-130 Hercules to transport personal and cargo.

BAP (Baltic Air Policing mission):

From January untill the end of April 2017 the Royal Netherlands Air Force deployed four of its F-16s from both main operation bases to Lithuania fulfilling the rotational NATO BAP mission.

MINUSMA (Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali):

Helicopter detachement Mali from May 2014. Four AH-64D Apache from 301 squadron and three CH-47D Chinook from 298 squadron. The helicopter missions will end at December 31st, 2016.

Anti-piracy Somalia:

One NH90-NFH from 860 squadron can be deployed on a Royal Netherlands Navy ship (Frigate or Ocean-going Patrol Vessel).

Dutch Antilles:

One Cougar from 300 squadron.
 
Display teams:
 
Apache solo display:

The 301 squadron provides one AH-64D with crew to perform at a few air shows as the Apache solo display team.

F-16 solo display:

Until 2014 one of the F-16 squadrons provided two aircraft, one wearing a special color scheme, and crew to display at several air shows in Europe. As a direct result of F-16 deployments supporting international missions the seasons 2015 and 2016 were cancelled.

The last international operation ended in July 2016 with all aircraft assigned to 312 - 313 - 322 squadrons for the first time since 20 years being operated from their home bases. However as a result of all these missions the focus for 2017 is on aircraft maintenance, aircrew training and participating in international exercises and the BAP mission. Therefore both the intended open day at Volkel as well as the F-16 solo display 2017 have been cancelled by the C-LSK (RNLAF commander).
 
Photo gallery
 
AH-64D Apache AS532U2 Cougar C-130H
     
C-130H.30 CH-47D CH-47F
     
KDC-10 F-16AM F-16BM
     
F-35A G-IV NH90NFH
     
   
  PC-7  
 
Photogallery aircraft withdrawn from service
 
     
 AB412SP
BO-105CB 299 Squadron 25 Years at Volkel September 1, 2000.  Fokker 50
     
     
 Fokker 60 UTA-N  P-3C Orion  SA.316B Alouette III