A look at the Defence news 11 – 17 April

Preparations for the visit of the F-35 to the Netherlands are in full swing. A summary of Defence news in the week of 11-17 April.


Photo: Two Dutch F-35 test fighter aircraft

F-35 visits the Netherlands

According to the current timetable, the fighter aircraft will leave US Edward Air Force Base for the Netherlands at the end of May and stay for three weeks. The F-35 is coming to the Netherlands to carry out noise-level test flights near Leeuwarden and Volkel Air Bases. The test flights will enable local residents to experience and compare the noise-level of the F-16 and the F-35. The aircraft will also be on display at the static show of the Air Force Open Days at Leeuwarden Air Base on 10 and 11 June.

Peshmerga women ready to fight

On 14 April, 70 Peshmerga women received their basic military skills certificate in the city of Sulaymaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan. Following the two-month training, the Kurdish fighters are ready to fight ISIS, according to the British and Dutch trainers.

Frisian Flag 2016 in full swing

F-15s, F-16s, Eurofighters, Tornados, Mirage2000s and an E-3A AWACS: these are just some of the aircraft included in the international Frisian Flag 2016 exercise. During the exercise, aircraft fighters train from Leeuwarden Air Base to operate during large-scale and complex missions. Frisian Flag 2016 ends on 22 April.