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F-16 End Life of Type (ELOT) program
 
Latest update: August 2021
 
On June 29, 2021 the state secretary for defence Drs. B. Visser informed the Dutch parliament of the sale of 12 Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16's and related equipment to private company Draken International, Fort Worth, Texas. The agreed price remains commercially confidential.
Draken International is one of several companies offering contracted aur support to air arms around the world. The company has bought several former military aircraft to support its missions flying as adversary against US squadrons. Draken is the second company to purchase the F-16 after competitor Top Aces bought Fighting Falcons from the Israeli Air Force.

Their fleet will be expanded with the Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16's which are expected to be withdrawn from service during 2022. The contract contains an option for a further 28 F-16's to be sold.  These Fighting Falcons are expected to be phased out in batches through the end of 2024. The phasing out plan for the F-16 aircraft is leading in the transfer of all aircraft, even if the outfitting plan is delayed and the end date of the F-16 is pushed back.

As of July 1, 2021 the RNLAF has 48 F-16's assigned to two squadrons. In the Netherlands 312 squadron based at Volkel will continue to fly the aircraft until 2024 when the last will be withdrawn from service. In the United States at Tucson IAP, Arizona the Netherlands Detachment Tucson Arizona (NDTA) is embedded within the 162nd FW, AZ ANG. NDTA has ten F-16's assigned equally dived between five single seat F-16AM and five dual seat F-16BM. 322 squadron based at Leeuwarden flew their last F-16 mission on July 1. It was planned to fly the F-16's to Volkel with four performing the annual missing man formation over former Soesterberg air base to celebrate the birthday of the RNLAF. Because of an accident with a Belgian Air Component F-16AM at Leeuwarden the flight was cancelled.

The contact between the Dutch MoD and Draken International will be signed in mid-2021 and the first aircraft will be transferred in 2022.

Tags: Netherlands, Lockheed Martin, F-16, Draken International
 
RNLAF F-16 squadrons / units
 
Squadron Current base Original base Disbanded Comment
306 squadron Leeuwarden Volkel   Awaiting delivery MQ-9
311 squadron   Volkel 27-09-12  
312 squadron Volkel Volkel   Expected to transition to the F-35A in 2024
313 squadron Volkel Twente   Transitioning to F-35A. irst aircraft expected at Volkel on June 30, 2022.
314 squadron   Gilze-Rijen 01-06-95  
315 squadron   Twente 16-04-04  
316 squadron   Eindhoven 01-04-94  
322 squadron Leeuwarden Leeuwarden   Transitioned to F-35A on July 1, 2021. First aircraft arrived 31.10.2019
323 squadron Edwards AFB, CA Leeuwarden   Awaiting decision about its future
KTV Volkel Volkel   To Leeuwarden end 1999, to Volkel August 2021. One F-16BM nicknamed "Orange Jumper".
NDTA / 148 FS Tucson IAP, AZ     F-16 basic flight training at Tucson until 2022 when the last F-16 pilots will graduate.
TCA   Leeuwarden    
         
         
TCA: "Transitie en Conversie Afdeling.  
NDTA: Netherlands Detachment Tucson Arizona.  
KTV: Kantoor Test Vliegen (Flight Test Office)  
         
 
RNLAF F-16's sold to Draken International
 
Number F-16 type RNLAF serial Draken registration Del. RNLAF WFU RNLAF Comment
1           Contract to be signed 2021
2           Contract to be signed 2021
3           Contract to be signed 2021
4           Contract to be signed 2021
5           Contract to be signed 2021
6           Contract to be signed 2021
7           Contract to be signed 2021
8           Contract to be signed 2021
9           Contract to be signed 2021
10           Contract to be signed 2021
11           Contract to be signed 2021
12           Contract to be signed 2021
13           Option
14           Option
15           Option
16           Option
17           Option
18           Option
19           Option
20           Option
21           Option
22           Option
23           Option
24           Option
25           Option
26           Option
27           Option
28           Option
29           Option
30           Option
31           Option
32           Option
33           Option
34           Option
35           Option
36           Option
37           Option
38           Option
39           Option
40           Option
             
 
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