A look at the Defence news 12 – 18 June
The Netherlands will end its mission in Mali on 1 May 2019. The current contribution to the NATO mission in Afghanistan is to be extended until the end of 2021 with an addition of a further 60 military personnel. These will mainly be special forces personnel who will train and instruct Afghan commandos in Mazar-e Sharif.
American-Dutch study improves European missile defence
The results of the Ballistic Missile Defence Sensor Integration Study have been published. The study sets out how Dutch SMART-L radars can be used in cooperation with SM-3 defence missiles on board US ‘shooter ships’.
Italy builds first Dutch F-35
The first F-35 fighter aircraft to be built in Europe for the Netherlands is under construction. State Secretary Barbara Visser gave the symbolic go-ahead at the F-35 factory in Cameri in Italy. The new aircraft is expected to arrive in the Netherlands at the end of next year. Of the Netherlands’ total of 37 F-35 fighters, 29 will be built in Italy.
King visits Dutch troops in Lithuania
King Willem-Alexander recently visited Dutch military personnel deployed in Lithuania. He was briefed on the NATO battle group that the Dutch troops are part of.