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The first [Dutch] test Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) jet will cost almost just under EUR 110m which is within budget, says junior defence minister Jack de Vries in a letter to parliament on Monday, reports the Trouw.
The coalition parties have agreed to delay until 2010 a final decision concerning Dutch participation in the program’s operational test and evaluation phase. However, the Cabinet was authorized to negotiate contractual terms for the construction of an initial test aircraft. But, formally, nothing is to be purchased this year.
Originally posted by C0bzz
Why do they even need to purchase a bloated (price) LRIP aircraft? Isn't the expedited F-35 (by Gates) enough? Think they have better things to spend 200 million quid on instead of two "test" aircraft...
[edit on 24/4/2009 by C0bzz]
except that its allready been shown that other than the US companies and a few outside of the usa , no one elses countries are benefitting at all from the F-35 , all the promises are worthless