Transfer F-35: Defence milestone yields billions to Dutch economy
State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy Mona Keijzer received the first Dutch F-35 aircraft in Forth Worth on behalf of the Dutch government today, reports the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. The F-35 has already generated €1.4 billion in contracts and turnover to Dutch businesses and knowledge institutions because of production and maintenance.
Production turnover to be achieved in coming years is estimated to be €9 billion. €15 to 20 billion in maintenance contracts and more than 1,600 permanent jobs in the Netherlands are projected to be provided by the F-35 in the future.
"The transfer offered by producer Lockheed Martin is a milestone for the Ministry of Defense," State Secretary Keijzer said. "At the same time, it marks a billion-euro boost to our economy and employment. Dutch businesses and knowledge institutions, from SMEs to large enterprises, manufacture high-tech components and systems for the F-35 or will later take care of maintenance. This is an excellent example of how international cooperation contributes to our own economy."
The Dutch Air Force received two test versions in 2012 and ordered 37 aircraft in total. After the official ceremony to receive the aircraft, two US companies -- engine builder Pratt & Whitney and producer Lockheed Martin -- signed contracts worth millions of euros with GKN Fokker int he presence of the State Secretary. The Dutch company will produce electrical cabling for the F-35s and supply composites for cladding the 'turbofan' engines.