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JSF fight jet costs rise again

Sunday 16 January 2011

The cost of a new joint strike fighter jet is now put at €59.7m each, plus €3.9m a year for maintenance and use, the Volkskrant reports on Sunday.

The paper bases its claims on documents sent to parliament by defence minister Hans Hillen on Friday.

The defence ministry wants to buy 85 jets to replace the aging fleet of F-16s. A final decision has been put off until the next cabinet period, but the current government does want to buy two test planes.

Hillen told MPs the first test plane will be handed over in August 2012 and the second in March 2013. The test flights will be made in the US, using Dutch pilots.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

I must say that I totally completely do not understand why NL is so set on buying this stupid ultra expensive war toy. where and what is this thing going to get us? are we buying it to please the Americans? cannot figure this out...what's the point of it? I always think of all the great things for schools, old folks, job training programs, etc that could be funded with this money!

By Bill | 17 January 2011 7:08 AM

Me too, Bill. But I think you nailed it - they are trying to please the Americans. I don't know the specifics, but if the intention is to build these planes in America while creating invaluable jobs for Americans, there could be a large amount of guilt involved as well, making it very difficult to back out of this agreement.

By Milk container | 17 January 2011 9:11 AM

@ Bill
I agree with Bill. I wish we, as tax payers, could have more in-put to where our tax euros go. Then we would not be receiving reports like this one.

By AW | 17 January 2011 10:02 AM

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