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Netherlands procurement programs
 
Latest update: October 2018
 
The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) is in the process of modernizing its aircraft and helicopter fleet. From 2019 until 2024 new aircraft will enter service and a number of helicopters currently operated will be retrofitted. An overview of the purchases and entry into service:
Aircraft new No. Aircraft current No. New / refurbished Comment
           
F-35A 34 F-16AM/BM 67 New 37 aircraft intended. In 2019 decision to buy last 3.
A330MRTT 2 KDC-10 2 New MFF program, 2 aircraft funded by NED and LUX.
CH-47F 14 CH-47D 11 New  
CH-47F 6 CH-47F 6 Refurbished  
AH-64E 28 AH-64D 28 Refurbished  
MQ-9 0 None 0 New  
           
Total 84 114


Fighter replacement:

The Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM will be replaced by replaced by the F-35A from the same company. An detailed overview of the program status can be found under RNLAF F-35s.

F-16AM F-35A

MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport) replacement:

The McDonnel Douglas KDC-10s will be replaced by the Airbus Defence & Space A330MRTT. An detailed overview of the program status can be found under NATO MFF programme.

KDC-10 A330MRTT (RAAF KC-30A)

CH-47F Chinook replacement and refurbishment:

The sale of the 17 Chinooks through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) system was approved by the DSCA on March 23, 2015. FMS orders are made by the US Department of Defense who awards the contract to the manufacturer. The contract between the Dutch MoD and Boeing were signed earlier. Two contract have been awarded on April 14, 2016 for 12 CH-47Fs and on April 28, 2017 for 2 CH-47Fs and the refurbishment of the six Chinook already in service (D-890 - D-895).

Prod. Batch Prod. Lot MSN CH-47F Prod. Plant Roll out First Flight Delivery date Status Squadron
      D- Philadelphia     2020 - 2022    
      D- Philadelphia     2020 - 2022    
      D- Philadelphia     2020 - 2022    
      D- Philadelphia     2020 - 2022    
      D- Philadelphia     2020 - 2022    
      D- Philadelphia     2020 - 2022    
      D- Philadelphia     2020 - 2022    
      D- Philadelphia     2020 - 2022    
      D- Philadelphia     2020 - 2022    
      D- Philadelphia     2020 - 2022    
      D- Philadelphia     2020 - 2022    
      D- Philadelphia     2020 - 2022    
  15   D- Philadelphia     2020 - 2022    
  15   D- Philadelphia     2020 - 2022    
                   
      D-890 Philadelphia     2020 - 2022    
      D-891 Philadelphia     2020 - 2022    
      D-892 Philadelphia     2020 - 2022    
      D-893 Philadelphia     2020 - 2022    
      D-894 Philadelphia     2020 - 2022    
      D-895 Philadelphia     2020 - 2022    
                   

All CH-47Fs will be operated by 298 and 302 squadrons.

CH-47D CH-47F

AH-64E Apache Guardian refurbishment:

Prod. Batch Prod. Lot MSN AH-64E Prod. Plant Roll out First Flight Delivery date Status Squadron
      Q-01? Mesa     2022 - 2024    
      Q-02? Mesa     2022 - 2024    
      Q-03? Mesa     2022 - 2024    
      Q-04? Mesa     2022 - 2024    
      Q-05? Mesa     2022 - 2024    
      Q-06? Mesa     2022 - 2024    
      Q-07? Mesa     2022 - 2024    
      Q-08? Mesa     2022 - 2024    
      Q-09? Mesa     2022 - 2024    
      Q-10? Mesa     2022 - 2024    
      Q-11? Mesa     2022 - 2024    
      Q-12? Mesa     2022 - 2024    
      Q-13? Mesa     2022 - 2024    
      Q-14? Mesa     2022 - 2024    
      Q-16? Mesa     2022 - 2024    
      Q-17? Mesa     2022 - 2024    
      Q-18? Mesa     2022 - 2024    
      Q-19? Mesa     2022 - 2024    
      Q-20? Mesa     2022 - 2024    
      Q-21? Mesa     2022 - 2024    
      Q-23? Mesa     2022 - 2024    
      Q-24? Mesa     2022 - 2024    
      Q-25? Mesa     2022 - 2024    
      Q-26? Mesa     2022 - 2024    
      Q-27? Mesa     2022 - 2024    
      Q-28? Mesa     2022 - 2024    
      Q-29? Mesa     2022 - 2024    
      Q-30? Mesa     2022 - 2024    
                   

The sale of the 28 Apaches Chinooks (two AH-64Ds have been lost in accidents) through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) system was approved by the DSCA on February 20, 2018. On September 14, 2018 the contract between the DSCA and Dutch MoD was signed. Boeing has to be awarded the contract by the US DoD to start the work.
The Boeing Apache retrofit program will see new fuselages build as well as new transmissions, rotors and mission equipment. Retrofitted Apaches will receive a new MSN.

All AH-64Es will be operated by 301 and 302 squadrons.

AH-64D

MQ-9 Reaper new capability:

Prod. Batch Prod. Lot MSN MQ-9 Prod. Plant Roll out First Flight Delivery date Status Squadron
              2020   306 squadron
              2020   306 squadron
              2020   306 squadron
              2020   306 squadron
                   

The sale of the 4 MQ-9 Block 5 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) system was approved by the DSC February 6, 2015. Due to lack of budget the purchase was postponed with the contract between the Dutch Defence Material Organization and DSCA signed on July 17, 2018. General Atomics has to be awarded the contract by the US DoD to start the work.

MQ-9 (USAF)