The Dutch government does not expect U.S. Air Force delays in fielding the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to directly impact its plans, but acknowledges the schedule may yet change as U.S. budget decisions are made. Defense Minister Hans Hillen tells legislators that the shift in a U.S. Air Force initial operational capability will not, at this point, interfere with Dutch plans because of the Netherlands’ F-16 replacement schedule. The first operational F-35s will not be fielded until 2019, ...
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