A look at the Defence news 8 – 14 October

A Dutch F-35 has tested its rapid fire cannon for the first time. The test took place at the firing range of Edwards Air Force Base (US), where 323 TE Squadron of the Royal Netherlands Air Force is taking part in the operational test and evaluation phase with 2 F-35s.

Archive photo F-35 during visit to the Netherlands in 2016. The weapon is under the bulge on the wing.

Archive photo F-35 during visit to the Netherlands in 2016. The weapon is under the bulge on the wing.

Later that week, both aircraft remained grounded for a few days due to an inspection of the fuel system. The reason for this inspection was the outcome of the air crash investigation conducted at the end of last month regarding the crash involving an F35B of the US Marine Corps.

British transports on the road in the Netherlands

Last week, units of the British 4th Infantry Brigade from Colchester in south-east England travelled through the Netherlands. Approximately 1,000 military personnel and 500 vehicles arrived in Hoek van Holland by ferry. Their destination was Norway, where they will take part in the large-scale NATO exercise Trident Juncture.

Roads named after American crew bomber

At Eygelshoven military complex in Limburg, 5 roads have been named after American airmen who died here almost 75 years ago. Their B17 bomber was on its way to the German town of Schweinfurt when it was shot down. A granddaughter of one of the survivors of the crash unveiled a memorial stone.