The Netherlands has decided to delay and stretch out its acquisition of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. In a July 1 letter to parliament, defense minister Hans Hillen says that a revised plan, reflecting the most recent schedule changes “starts the flow of production aircraft in 2019, and lasts until 2027.” If, as is most likely, those are delivery years, they represent a three-to-four-year slip relative to the numbers in the most recent production, sustainment and follow-on ...

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