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Netherlands to provide Ukraine with €150 million of F-16 ammunition

March 26, 2024 (by Lieven Dewitte) - The Dutch government has committed to an aid package valued at over EUR 350 million for Ukraine. The Netherlands will procure ammunition worth more than EUR 150 million specifically for the F-16s that will soon be transferred to Ukraine. This ammunition is being directly purchased from the industry.

RNlAF F-16AM #J-062 from 312 sqn is taking off from Leeuwarden AB on October 7th, 2021 to participate in a Weapons Instructor Course session. [Photo by John de Winter]

The Netherlands is also investing more than EUR200 million in the purchase of new intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) drones for Ukraine, together with partner countries.

Ten Ukrainian pilots have undergone basic flight training in the United Kingdom and will now move to advanced flying training provided by the French Air Force before learning to fly F-16 fighter jets.

The Netherlands, Denmark and the United States co-lead the Air Capability Coalition — that also comprises Belgium, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden and the United Kingdom — as part of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group (UDCG).

Eighteen Dutch fighter jets were provided for training in Romania. The remaining 24 aircraft are intended for delivery to Ukraine in the second half of 2024. An undisclosed number of these operational jets are now being made ready for transfer to Ukraine, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

The Netherlands is contributing F-16s to Ukraine as part of the wider ‘F-16 coalition' that also comprises Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Additional images:

RNlAF F-16AM #J-142 from 322 sqn is seen during the RNlAF Open House at Gilze-Rijen AB on June 20th, 2014. [Photo by Ed Groenendijk]

RNlAF F-16AM #J-060 of 322 sqn is seen taking off from it's homebase at Leeuwarden AB on August 19th, 2020. [Photo Ed Groenendijk]

RNlAF F-16BM #J-208 is parked at the 'Safaripark' at Volkel AB on April 13th, 2016 waiting its transfer to Jordan. [Photo by John de Winter]