Dutch Reveal JSF Costs

dutch-JSF.jpg

The first Joint Strike Fighter aircraft to be ordered by the Netherlands, an F-35A to be used in the Operational Test & Evaluation (OT&E) program for the type, will cost approximately $142 million, the Netherlands defense ministry said October 17.

The Dutch are planning to participate in the OT&E program with two aircraft, the preliminary order for the first of which is to be placed at the end of this year.

According to the defense ministry, Lockheed Martin will start ordering long lead items for the OT&E aircraft at the beginning of 2008, and The Hague is expected to pay 10% of the cost of the first jet, an estimated $14.2 million, at that point.

The final and legally binding contract for the first aircraft is to be signed in 2009, the ministry says.

The second OT&E aircraft is to be ordered one year later.

The OT&E aircraft are standard F-35A production aircraft equipped with test instrumentation.

-- Aviation Weeks Ares weblog

Editor's Note: Defense Tech and Military.com have entered into a content sharing arrangement with the Aviation Week publishing group, which will allow us to feature their excellent aerospace content on a frequent basis. We look forward to comments and feedback from our readers and we invite them to visit Aviation Week frequently for additional content not featured here.

Show Full Article

Related Topics

DefenseTech

Most Popular Military News