A look at the Defence news 9 – 15 November

The Royal Netherlands Air Force Open Days 2021 at Gilze-Rijen Air Base have definitely been cancelled. The decision to cancel this large-scale public event, which attracts some 250,000 visitors over 2 days, was not easy. The decision was taken as a consequence of the corona crisis. There will be no alternative programme.  

Minister of Defence Ank Bijleveld.
Minister of Defence Ank Bijleveld.

Europe must be digitally resilient

“Information as a weapon, thát is the new battlefield,” said the Netherlands Minister of Defence, Ank Bijleveld-Schouten, at the virtual cyber operations conference in Munich. “Whoever is able to quickly filter, process and analyse information and relay it to the people in the field, wins the battle,” she added. In addition to more information-driven operations, the Minister called for more digital sovereignty in Europe.

Staff officers continue mission in Mali

Netherlands military personnel participating in the European training mission in Mali (EUTM Mali) are on their way back to the West African country. The mission had been suspended since the coup on 18 August, but has now been resumed.

Human remains of German pilot identified

An identification tag helped the Recovery and Identification Service of the Royal Netherlands Army to identify the remains of a German pilot. Twenty-year-old Unteroffizier Otto Tillack was killed when his Messerschmitt 109 fighter aircraft was shot down in the Second World War. The wreckage of the aircraft was found in the municipality of Dalfsen in the province of Overijssel.