The Royal Netherlands Air Force Has Declared Its F-35 A Operational

Two Dutch F-35 s in flight. (Image credit: KLu).

The Dutch F-35 An airplane have actually attained the IOC (Initial Operational Capability).

On Dec. 27, 2021, the Netherlands MOD and Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNlAF) have actually formally stated Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for their F-35 A fleet. As an effect, the Netherlands have actually ended up being the 8th nation with the RNlAF being the 12 th military service to state IOC for its F-35 fleet.

The IOC “licenses” that the RNlAF has the ability to release a little contingent of 4 F-35 As with workers and devices throughout the world for a brief time period: to put it simply, the Dutch Lightnings can be released operationally in theatre, to support nationwide and multi-national operations.

The IOC turning point was attained after going through numerous actions and a series of workouts in your home and abroad, consisting of a 9,000- km-long surprise attack on a Dutch Range as part of a “Rapid Reaction Test”, and workout Frisian Lightning II that saw the 322 Sqn relocation from Leeuwarden to Volkel to prepare the system for a release in the quickest possible time. In addition, the understanding acquired throughout the Initial Operational Test & Evaluation (IOT&E) has actually resulted in this turning point.

Nederland is fulfilled het F-35 squadron officieel Initial Operational Capabel (IOC) verklaard. Dat betekent dat Defensie in staat is om kortstondig een eenheid van 4 F-35’s satisfied personeel en materieel waar ook ter wereld in te zetten. E

— Ministerie van Defensie (@Defensie) December 27, 2021

An overall of 24 F-35 As have actually been provided to the RNLAF up until now. The very first functional F-35 s gotten here in the Netherlands from the Cameri FACO (Final Assembly and Check Out) in2019 Dutch teams have actually exceeded more than 9,085 flight hours to date, with 55 pilots and 262 maintainers supporting the fleet.

” The statement of IOC introduce a brand-new age of air power that provides the RNLAF transformational abilities,” F-35 Program Vice President and General Manager Bridget Lauderdale stated. “I take pride in the Lockheed Martin group’s dedication to providing the most efficient, survivable and linked fighter to our partners in the Netherlands.”

According to the present strategies, by the end of 2024, 46 F-35 As will change the existing fleet of F-16 MLU in RNlAF service.

F-35A IOC A Dutch F – 35 A (Image credit: KLu)

David Cenciotti is an independent reporter based in Rome, Italy.
He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, among the world’s most popular and check out military air travel blog sites. Given That 1996, he has actually composed for significant around the world publications, consisting of Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and numerous others, covering air travel, defense, war, market, intelligence, criminal offense and cyberwar. He has actually reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown numerous fight airplanes with various flying force. He is a previous 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a personal pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has actually composed 5 books and added to a lot more ones.

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