Ruling parties hope to reduce impact of €1bn in defence cuts

MPs from the three-party ruling alliance are hoping to amend the defence ministry’s plans to save €1bn by reducing the effect of the cuts on operational forces, the NRC reports.

One in six defence jobs are set to go in the shake up. Defence minister Hans Hillen also plans to scrap tanks and Cougar helicopters, to cut the 87 F-16 fighter jets by around a third and to sell off a number of naval vessels.
Instead, the MPs want more cuts in support services and in management. ‘It is about having more Indians rather than chiefs,’ Christian Democrat MP Raymond Knops told the paper.
They also argue the armed forces can save more money by putting maintenance contracts out to the private sector.
Parliament will debate Hillen’s proposals on Monday.
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