The Netherlands to buy second test Joint Strike Fighter jet

The Netherlands is to buy a second test JSF fighter jet, following a narrow vote in favour by MPs on Wednesday night.

The fundamentalist SGP and Geert Wilders’ PVV sided with the ruling VVD and CDA to give the proposal a majority.
The PVV had opposed the purchase during the election campaign but agreed to make the concession as part of its alliance agreement with the minority government.
The cabinet has already agreed to leave the decision on whether or not to replace Dutch F16 jets with the JSF to the next government.
The two test jets and the necessary pilot training are costing €270m, defence minister Hans Hillen said during the debate.

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