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Encyclopedia > Royal Netherlands Air Force
Roundel of the Royal Netherlands Air Force.
Roundel of the Royal Netherlands Air Force.

The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF), Dutch Koninklijke Luchtmacht (KLu), is the aviation branch of the Netherlands armed forces. Its ancestor, the Luchtvaartafdeling of the Dutch Army was founded on July 1, 1913, and it originally consisted of just 4 pilots. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The modern proportion RAF roundel A roundel in heraldry is any circular shape; in military use it is an emblem of nationality employed on military aircraft and air force flags, generally round and consisting of concentric rings of different colors. ...

Contents

History

The beginning in 1913

Farman
Farman

The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) is the youngest operational part of the Dutch armed forces, which consists of four autonomous operational parts: Navy, Army, Air Force and Military Police. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


Dutch air power started in July 1913 with the founding of the Army Aviation Group (Luchtvaartafdeeling or abbreviated LVA) at Soesterberg airfield (vliegbasis Soesterberg). When founded, the Army Aviation Group operated just one aircraft, the Brik, which was supplemented with three French Farman aircraft a few months later. Farman Aviation Works was an aeroneutic enterprise founded and run by the brothers Henry and Maurice Farman. ...


These aircraft were soon outdated and the Dutch government ordered several fighter/reconnaissance Nieuport and Caudron aircraft to replace them. Nieuport 17 C.1 fighter of World War I Nieuport is a French aeroplane company famous for racers before World War I (WWI) and fighter aircraft during WWI and between the wars. ... A French aircraft company, founded in 1909 and spanning both world wars. ...


1914-1918 WWI

The Netherlands maintained a neutral position during WW I and the Army Aviation Group did not take part in any action, instead developing the force's capabilities.


Pilot training was opened for ranks below officer, and technical, aerial photography, meteorological and navigation flights were established.


A number of new airfields were established at Arnhem, [Gilze-Rijen|Gilze-Rijen air base]], Venlo and Vlissingen.


Between the wars

After the end of WWI the Dutch government cut the defence budget and the carefully built up Army Aviation Group was almost dissolved. As political tensions in Europe increased during the late 1930s the government tried to rebuild the armed forces again in 1938 but there were many structural problems, not least the shortage of pilot instructors, navigators and pilots to fly the new multiple engine aircraft. Lack of standardisation and resulting maintenance issues added to the complexity of the rebuilding task.


World War II and late 1940s

Fokker D.XXI at the Air Force Museum in Soesterberg.
Fokker D.XXI at the Air Force Museum in Soesterberg.
Fokker G.I Jachtkruiser

As war loomed, in July 1939 the Army Aviation Group was renamed the Army Aviation Brigade. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1288x966, 194 KB) This picture may have usage restrictions - Fokker D.XXI File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Fokker D.XXI ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1288x966, 194 KB) This picture may have usage restrictions - Fokker D.XXI File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Fokker D.XXI ... Fokker D.XXI Fokker D XXI planes in the Finnish air force during WWII. The Fokker D.XXI fighter was designed in 1935 for use by the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army (KNIL) air service. ... Image File history File links Picture of Fokker G.I fighter from public domain available among other places at http://www. ... Image File history File links Picture of Fokker G.I fighter from public domain available among other places at http://www. ... The Fokker G.I was a Dutch heavy twin-engined fighter plane comparable in size and role to the German Messerschmitt Bf 110 and the British Mosquito. ...


In August 1939, the Netherlands government mobilised its armed forces, but due to limited budgets the Army Aviation Brigade operated only 125 combat-ready aircraft of several types.

  • 55 reconnaissance (various types) aircraft

In May 1940, Germany invaded the Netherlands. Within five days the Dutch Army Aviation Brigade was virtually wiped out by the German Luftwaffe. All of the Brigade's bombers, along with 30 D.XXI and 17 G.I fighters were shot down; two D.XXI and eight G.I were destroyed on the ground. Two G.I were captured by German forces, one of which was later flown to England by a Fokker pilot). The Fokker T.V was a twin-engine bomber, described as an aerial hunting cruiser, built by Fokker for the Netherlands Air Force. ... Fokker D.XXI Fokker D XXI planes in the Finnish air force during WWII. The Fokker D.XXI fighter was designed in 1935 for use by the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army (KNIL) air service. ... The Fokker G.I was a Dutch heavy twin-engined fighter plane comparable in size and role to the German Messerschmitt Bf 110 and the British Mosquito. ... Combatants Kingdom of the Netherlands Germany Commanders Henry G. Winkelman, Jan Joseph Godfried baron van Voorst tot Voorst Fedor von Bock (Army Group B) Strength 9 divisions, 676 guns, 1 tank (inoperational), 124 aircraft Total: 350,000 men 22 divisions, 1,378 guns, 759 tanks, 1150 aircraft Total: 750,000... The Deutsche Luftwaffe or   (German: air force, literally Air Weapon, pronounced lufft-va-fa, IPA: ) is the commonly used term for the German air force. ...


In spite of their numerical inferiority, the Dutch armed forces did enjoy success against the Luftwaffe, with more than 350 Luftwaffe aircraft destroyed . While many were lost to anti-aircraft fire and crashes at improvised landing fields in the Netherlands) the Aviation Brigade did enjoy successes. The cost was high - almost 95% of the Dutch pilots lost. In recognition of their actions Queen Wilhelmina granted the highest Dutch military decoration, the Militaire Willemsorde (MWO), to the Army Aviation Brigade collectively. American troops man an anti-aircraft gun near the Algerian coastline in 1943 Anti-aircraft, or air defense, is any method of combating military aircraft from the ground. ... For other uses, see Wilhelmina (disambiguation). ... Knights Cross of the Order of William The Order of William is the highest military order of the Netherlands which was first created in 1815. ...


Some aircrews escaped to England and on June 1, 1940, 320 Squadron and 321 Squadron were established there under RAF operational command. Due to a shortage of personnel, 321 Squadron was absorbed by 320 Sqn in January 1941. Although their personnel were predominantly from the Navy Air Service, Army Aviation aircrew also served with 320 Sqn until the end of the war. RAF redirects here. ...


In 1941, the Royal Netherlands Military Flying School was re-established, in the United States at Jackson Field (also known as Hawkins Field), Jackson, Mississippi, operating lend-lease aircraft and training all military aircrew for the Netherlands. Hawkins Field is an airport located within the city limits of Jackson, Mississippi. ... : Crossroads of the South : The city of Grace and Benevolence United States Mississippi Hinds, (very small portions in Madison and Rankin) 106. ... The Lend-Lease program was a program of the United States during World War II that allowed the United States to provide the Allied Powers with war material without becoming directly involved in the war. ...


The separate Militaire Luchtvaart van het Koninklijk Nederlands-Indisch Leger (ML-KNIL; Royal Netherlands East Indies Army Military Air Service) continued in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI), until its occupation by Japan in 1942. Some personnel escaped to Australia and Ceylon. 321 Squadron was re-formed in Ceylon, in March 1942, from Dutch aviators. The Royal Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force (Militaire Luchtvaart van het Koninklijk Nederlands-Indisch Leger, ML-KNIL) was the air arm of the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) from 1939 until 1950. ... The Dutch East Indies, or Netherlands East Indies, (Dutch: Nederlands Indië) was the name of the colonies colonised by the Dutch East India Company which came under administration of the Netherlands during the ninteenth century (see Indonesia). ... The Japanese occupation of Indonesia refers to the period between 1942 and 1945, during World War II, when the Empire of Japan ruled Indonesia. ...

B-25 Mitchell
B-25 Mitchell

In 1942, 18 (NEI) Squadron, a joint Dutch-Australian unit was established, in in Canberra, equipped with B-25 Mitchell bombers. It saw action in the New Guinea campaign and over the Dutch East Indies. In 1943, 120 (NEI) Squadron was established. Equipped with Kittyhawk fighters, it flew many missions under Australian command, including the recapturing of Dutch New Guinea. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixels Full resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 100 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Description: North America Mitchell MkIII Expired Crown Copyright Image by Royal Air Force via the website/www. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixels Full resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 100 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Description: North America Mitchell MkIII Expired Crown Copyright Image by Royal Air Force via the website/www. ... B-25 Mitchell bombers from No. ... For other uses, see Canberra (disambiguation). ... The North American B-25 Mitchell (NA-62) was an American twin-engined medium bomber manufactured by North American Aviation. ... The New Guinea campaign was one of the major military campaigns of World War II. Fighting in the Australian mandated Territory of New Guinea (the north-eastern part of the island of New Guinea and surrounding islands) and Dutch New Guinea, between Allied and Japanese forces, commenced with the Japanese... No. ... The Curtiss P-40 was a US single-engine, single-seat, low-wing, all-metal fighter and ground attack aircraft which first flew in 1938, and was used in great numbers in World War II. It was a direct adaptation of the existing P-36 airframe to enable mass production... The Western New Guinea campaign was a series of actions in the New Guinea campaign of World War II. United States and Australian forces assaulted Japanese bases and positions in the north-west coastal areas of Netherlands New Guinea and adjoining parts of the Australian Territory of New Guinea. ...

P-40D Kittyhawk
P-40D Kittyhawk

In June 1943, a Dutch fighter squadron was established in England. 322 (Dutch) Squadron, equipped with the Supermarine Spitfire, saw action as part of the RAF. 322 Sqn aircraft featured the British RAF roundels as well as the Dutch orange triangle. 322 Sqn was successfully deployed against incoming V-1 flying bombs. Frome mid-1944, during the invasion of Normandy, it executed ground attack missions over France and Belgium. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... No. ... The Supermarine Spitfire was a British single-seat fighter, which was used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries during the Second World War, and into the 1950s. ... The Vergeltungswaffe 1 Fi 103 / FZG-76 (V-1), known as the Flying bomb, Buzz bomb or Doodlebug, was the first modern guided missile used in wartime and the first cruise missile. ... This article is about the assault phase of Operation Overlord. ... An Apache attack helicopter provides close air support to United States Army soldiers patrolling the Tigris River southeast of Baghdad, Iraq during the Iraq War. ...


In July 1944, the Directorate of Netherlands Airpower was established in London.


In 1947, its Chief of Air Force Staff as been appointed.


The Netherlands East Indies ceased to exist in December 1949, when the Dutch government surrendered its territory (except for Dutch New Guinea) to the Republic of Indonesia. Dutch New Guinea was a common name of western New Guinea while it was a colonial possession of the Netherlands. ...


The 1950s and 1960s

In 1951, for the first time in history, several non-combat functions in the Army Aviation were opened to women.


In March 1953 the Royal Netherlands Air Force officially became an autonomous part of the Dutch armed forces.


The Air Defense Command, (Commando Lucht Verdediging, abbreviated CLV) consisting of a command unit, five radar stations and six fighter squadrons, had been established. Its radar equipment as well as its air defense fighters all came from obsolete RAF stocks. RAF is an three letter acronym for: Royal Air Force -- the Air Force of the United Kingdom (see also Air Ministry) Red Army Faction (Rote Armee Fraktion) -- a German terror organisation Rigas Autobusu Fabrika -- a factory making buses in Riga, Latvia Rapid Action Force in India Računarski Fakultet RAF...


Initially the Spitfire Mk9 was used by 322 sqn until 1954, but were replaced as new squadrons were established.

After the Netherlands joined NATO another new command: Tactical Air Command (Commando Tactische Luchtstrijdkrachten, abbreviated CTL) was established. This article is about the military alliance. ...

  • CTL consisted of seven new strike squadrons (306, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315 and 316 sqn), all equipped with Republic F-84G Thunderjet aircraft. These aircraft were supplied by the United States under Mutual Defense Aid Program conditions from 1952-1956.
  • 700, 701 and 702 Sqn operated the F86 Sabre 'allweather' fighter between 1956-1964.
  • 306, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315 and 316 sqn changed aircraft configuration from 1955-1970 as the Republic F-84F Thunderstreak and RF-84F Thunderflash became available.
F-84F Thunderstreak
F-84F Thunderstreak
F-84G Thunderjet
F-84G Thunderjet

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New Guinea conflict

The Indonesian government claimed New Guinea following the end of the second world war. The Dutch government considered the area Dutch territory. Negotiations over the country were conducted for years, but tensions grew until Indonesia broke diplomatic relations with the Netherlands at the end of the 1950s.


In response, in 1958, the Netherlands deployed military reinforcements to New Guinea, including an Air Force detachment for the air defense of the island Biak as there was evidence that Indonesia was infiltrating the island in advance of a military operation.


The first Air Force contribution was the installation of two MkIV early warning radars on Biak and neighbouring Woendi island.


The political situation between the Netherlands and Indonesia continued to deteriorate and in 1960 the Dutch government decided to deploy reinforcements. The operations were known by name as ’Plan Fidelio’. For the Dutch Air Force this meant the establishment of an Air Defense Command for New Guinea (Commando Luchtverdediging Nederlands Nieuw-Guinea - CLV NNG) consisting of :

  • One Hawker Hunter Mk.4 air defence squadron;
  • A radar navigation system at Biak'", and;
  • A reserve airstrip at Noemfoer.

The Dutch government decided deployment of a squadron consisting of 12 Hawker Hunter Mk.4 AD fighters and two Alouette II SAR helicopters. They were transported to Southeast Asia by the aircraft carrier ‘Karel Doorman’. One year later the Dutch government deployed another 12 Hawker Hunter Mk6 AD fighters; these aircraft were capable to carry more fuel and had a larger combat radius.


In August 1962 Indonesia was ready to attack New-Guinea. Despite reinforcements the Dutch defences would be insufficient to withstand the coming attack. This, and because of international political pressure the Dutch government was forced to agree to the peaceful surrender of New Guinea. Dutch forces were withdrawn from the territory.


The establishment of 336 transport squadron is closely connected to New Guinea. Soon after activation this unit was deployed to New Guinea to take over air transport from the Dutch Navy. 336 Sqn deployed and took over three Navy Dakota’s and three US supplied aircraft. 336 Sqn operated from Mokmer airstrip and transported more than 5,400 passengers between September 1961 and September 1962.


The Cold War era, 1960's, 1970's and later

During the cold war era Dutch Air Force units played an important part in the west European defence against the opposing Warsaw Pact forces. The Dutch Air Force manned five fully operational self supporting Missile Groups in West Germany (1 and 2 MslGrp were equipped with NIKE batteries, while 3,4 and 5 MslGrp were equipped with Hawk). Dutch fighters and other weapon systems also took a full part in NATO alert, standby duties and exercises through the years. For other uses, see Cold War (disambiguation). ... Not to be confused with the Warsaw Convention, which is an agreement about airlines financial liability and the Treaty of Warsaw (1970) between West Germany and the Peoples Republic of Poland. ... Nike Hercules missile Nike-Hercules Missile, designation MIM-14 (initially SAM-N-25) was a solid fuel propelled surface-to-air missile, used by US and NATO armed forces for high- and medium-altitude air defense. ... The Raytheon MIM-23 HAWK is an American medium range surface-to-air missile. ...

  • 306, 311, 312, 322 and 323 Sqn changed configuaration again from 1962-1983 after the dual role F-104 Starfighter was been introduced.
  • 313, 314, 315 and 316 Sqn switched over to the NF5 Freedom Fighter from 1969-1992. NF5 was a T-38 fighter development.
  • From 1979 until present times all remaining RNLAF squadrons (306, 311, 312, 313, 322 and 323) are using NATO's standard fighter-bomber the multi role F-16 Fighting Falcon.

Kosovo

F-16AM 312 Multirole Sqn RNLAF
F-16AM 312 Multirole Sqn RNLAF

RNLAF F-16s participated in Operation Allied Force over Yugoslavia in 1999. A RNLAF F-16AM which shot down a Yugoslavian MiG-29 with an AMRAAM. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2748x1900, 715 KB) F-16AM Fighting Falcon (identifier J-061 and 86-061) of the Royal Netherlands Air Force taxis for takeoff at the Royal International Air Tattoo, Fairford, Gloucestershire, England. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2748x1900, 715 KB) F-16AM Fighting Falcon (identifier J-061 and 86-061) of the Royal Netherlands Air Force taxis for takeoff at the Royal International Air Tattoo, Fairford, Gloucestershire, England. ... An USAF F-15E takes off from Aviano, Italy Operation Allied Force aka Kosovo-NATO War was NATOs military operation against Federal Republic of Yugoslavia that lasted from 24 March to 11 June 1999 and is considered a major part of Kosovo War. ... Yugoslavia (Jugoslavija in the Latin alphabet, Југославија in Cyrillic; English: South Slavia, or literary The Land of South Slavs) describes three political entities that existed one at a time on the Balkan Peninsula in Europe, during most of the 20th century. ... The Mikoyan MiG-29 (Russian: ) is a 4th generation jet fighter aircraft designed for the air superiority role in the Soviet Union. ... The AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range, Air-to-Air Missile, or AMRAAM (pronounced am-ram), commonly known to air crews as the Slammer, is a new generation air-to-air missile, developed as the result of an agreement between the United States and other NATO countries (see below). ...


Operation Enduring Freedom and NATO in Afghanistan

In October 2002 a tri-national detachment of 18 Dutch, Danish and Norwegian F-16 ground attack aircraft and one Dutch KDC-10 tanker deployed to Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan in support of ground forces in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. The RNLAF returned to Manas AB in September 2004 with five F-16 and one KDC-10 in support of the presidential elections of Afghanistan. This time the aircraft flew under the NATO ISAF flag. Emblem of the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing, stationed at Manas Air Base Ganci Air Base is the unofficial name of Manas Air Base, a United States military installation at Manas International Airport near Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, primarily operated by the U.S. Air Force. ... Combatants United States, Poland, France, Canada, Pakistan, India, Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines (in the Philippines theatre only), Northern Alliance, Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary, Ethiopia, Somalia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, Macedonia, Romania, Portugal, Bulgaria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Georgia Taliban, al-Qaeda, Abu Sayyaf, Jemaah... This article is about the military alliance. ... Logo of ISAF. Pashto writing: کمک و همکاری (Komak wa Hamkari) means Help and Cooperation. International Security Assistance Force (10) (ISAF) is the name of a NATO-led security and development mission in Afghanistan which was established by the United Nations Security Council on 20 December 2001[1] and consists of about 35...


In February 2006 four Dutch F-16s were joined by four Royal Norwegian Air Force F-16s in a detachment known as the 1st Netherlands-Norwegian European Participating Forces Expeditionary Air Wing (1 NLD/NOR EEAW). This was a follow up of the participation with the Belgian Airforce.[1] Ranks Norwegian military ranks The Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) (Norwegian: Luftforsvaret) is the air force of Norway. ...


As part of the expanded NATO ISAF mission in southern Afghanistan in August 2006, the Royal Netherlands Air Force had six F-16 ground-attack aircraft, three CH-47D Chinook of 298 Sq stationed at Kandahar Airfield. Additionally, a detachement of five AH-64D Apache helicopters has been stationed of Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan province. Kandahar Airfield (or Kandahar International Airport) (IATA: KDH, ICAO: OAKN) is located 16 kilometers (10 miles) south-east of Kandahar, Afghanistan. ... Tarin Kowt is the capital of Oruzgan (also written Uruzgan) province in southern Afghanistan. ...


On August 31 2006 a Royal Netherlands Air Force (Michael "Sofac" Donkervoort) pilot was killed when his plane crashed during a mission to support British ground troops in Helmand province.[2]


Structure of the Royal Netherlands Air Force

Main Operating Bases (MOB's)

  • [3] Leeuwarden airbase
    • 322nd Reaction Force Sqn. F-16 QRA tasked
    • 323rd TACtical Training Evaluation Standardisation Sqn. F-16
    • 303rd SAR Sqn. Agusta Bell AB 412SP
    • 630th Security Sqn.
    • 920th Maintenance Support Sqn.
    • 921st Logistic Sqn.
    • 922nd Miscellaneous Support Sqn.
  • [4] Volkel airbase
    • 311th F-16 Multirole Sqn.
    • 312th F-16 Multirole Sqn.
    • 313th F-16 Multirole Sqn.
    • 900th F-16 Maintenance Sqn.
    • 901st Transport and Storage Support Sqn.
    • 902nd Miscellaneous Support Sqn.
    • 640th Security Sqn.
    • 601st Reserve Support Sqn.
    • 703rd USAF MUNition Support Sqn.
  • [5] Twenthe airbase will be closed due to budget cuts in dec 2007
    • 620th Security Sqn.
    • 910th F-16 Maintenance Support Sqn.
    • 911th Transport and Storage Support Sqn.
    • 912th Miscellaneous Support Sqn.

The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a modern multi-role jet fighter aircraft built in the United States and used by dozens of countries all over the world. ... It has been suggested that CH-146 Griffon be merged into this article or section. ... Seal of the Air Force. ...

Air Defense Group

  • [6] Guided Weapon Group De Peel
    • 800th Sqn. Group Operation Centre
    • 801st MIM-104 Patriot and FIM-92 Stinger Sqn.
    • 802nd MIM-104 Patriot and FIM-92 Stinger Sqn.
    • 803rd MIM-104 Patriot and FIM-92 Stinger Sqn.
    • 804th MIM-104 Patriot and FIM-92 Stinger Training and Evaluation Sqn.
    • 650th Security Support Sqn.
    • 951st Maintenance and Logistic Support Sqn.

At the Air Defense Group de Peel in 2005 the Joint Air Defense Centre has been activated and the activation af the Joint Air Defense School will follow in very short terms too. This implies that in the very near future all anti aircraft units of the Dutch Air Force, Army and Navy will be integrated on and relocated to this base. JADC not only takes care of future air defense training, but also coördinates and supports all air defense related operations in the future. Four Patriot missiles like the one shown here can be fired from this mobile launcher between loadings. ... The FIM-92 Stinger is a man portable infra-red homing surface-to-air missile developed in the United States and used by all the US armed services, with whom it entered service in 1981. ... Four Patriot missiles like the one shown here can be fired from this mobile launcher between loadings. ... The FIM-92 Stinger is a man portable infra-red homing surface-to-air missile developed in the United States and used by all the US armed services, with whom it entered service in 1981. ... Four Patriot missiles like the one shown here can be fired from this mobile launcher between loadings. ... The FIM-92 Stinger is a man portable infra-red homing surface-to-air missile developed in the United States and used by all the US armed services, with whom it entered service in 1981. ... Four Patriot missiles like the one shown here can be fired from this mobile launcher between loadings. ... The FIM-92 Stinger is a man portable infra-red homing surface-to-air missile developed in the United States and used by all the US armed services, with whom it entered service in 1981. ...


Tactical Air Operations Base

  • [7] Air Ops Control Station Nw Milligen
    • 710th Sqn. Control And Reporting Centre (CRC)
    • 711th Sqn. Military Air Traffic Control Centre (MilATCC)
    • 970th Support Sqn.

In 2009 710 and 711 Sqn will be united in one Air Operations Sqn. The national status of the base will change into a NATO status as an airmobile NATO Deployable Air control centre, Recognised airpicture production centre, Sensor fusion post DARS radar unit is planned to be operational on the base in the same year. Digital Audio Radio Satellite or DARS (also as SDARS, for Satellite Digital Audio Radio Service, among many variations) is the FCC term for satellite radio, currently being made popular in the U.S. by XM Radio and Sirius. ...


Tactical Helicopter Group

  • [8] Soesterberg airbase (Due to budget cuts to be closed in 2008, its units will be moved to Gilze-Rijen)
    • 298th Sqn. CH-47 Chinook
    • 300th Sqn. Eurocopter Cougar and Aérospatiale Alouette III
    • 610th Security Sqn.
    • 932nd Maintenance and Logistic Support Sqn.
    • 933rd Miscellaneous Support Sqn.
    • 934th Facility Support Sqn.
    • 604st Reserve Support Sqn.
  • [9] Gilze-Rijen airbase
    • 301st AH-64 Apache Sqn.
    • 670th Security Sqn.
    • 930th Communication and Information Support Sqn.
    • 931st Miscellaneous Support Sqn.
    • 604st Reserve Support Sqn.

After integration of all Soesterberg units, all Navy helicopters will also be integrated into the Dutch Defense Helicopter Command (DHC). All Dutch Air Force and Navy helicopter operations and maintenance will be coördinated by the DHC. Main bases of the DHC will be Gilze-Rijen and De Kooy. In contradiction to other countries with Army helicopter forces the Dutch government put all military helicopters in the Air Force organisation. The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is a versatile, twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter. ... AS 532 Cougar The Eurocopter Cougar is a twin-engined, medium-weight, multipurpose helicopter manufactured by Eurocopter. ... It has been suggested that IAR 316 be merged into this article or section. ... The AH-64 Apache is the United States Armys principal attack helicopter, and is the successor to the AH-1 Cobra. ...


Air Transport Base

  • [10] Eindhoven Airport
    • 334th Transport Squadron (KDC-10, DC-10, Gulfstream IV)
    • 336th Transport Squadron (C-130H-30, C-130)
    • 940th Maintenance Support Squadron
    • 941st Miscellaneous Support Squadron
    • NATO Movement Coordination Centre Europe

Eindhoven Airport (IATA: EIN, ICAO: EHEH) is a small airport near Eindhoven, Netherlands. ...

Common Support Base

  • [11] Woensdrecht airbase
    • Royal Militairy NCO and general enlisted personnel Air Force School
    • Air Force Meteorological Group
    • Air Force Logistics Center
    • 960th Sqn. Transport and Storage Support Squadron
    • 961st Sqn. Miscellaneous Support Squadron
    • 604st Sqn. Reserve Support Squadron

Rank Structure

Check this Ranks of the Netherlands Armed Forces(PDF) file to learn the actual ranks in the Royal Netherlands Navy, Army, Air Force and Marechaussee (Military Police).


Strength

Aircraft Origin Type In service[1] Notes
Aérospatiale Alouette III Flag of France France Light VIP Helicopter 4 outdated and only used for Royal and VIP flights
Agusta-Bell 412 Flag of Italy Italy Light S&R and Utility Helicopter 3
AH-64D Apache Flag of the United States United States Attack Helicopter 29 5 kept in reserve
AS 532U2 Cougar Mk2 Flag of France France Medium Utility Helicopter 17
CH-47D Chinook Flag of the United States United States Heavy Lift Helicopter 11 6 CH-47Fs on order (4 new and 2 to replace the 2 that crashed in Afghanistan)
C-130H-30 Hercules Flag of the United States United States Medium Transport Aircraft 2 2 former EC-130Q being converted to C-130H status
Fokker 50 Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands Light Transport Aircraft 2 VIP transport
Fokker 60 Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands Maritime Patrol Aircraft 2 phased out and replaced by 2 Dash 8 (leased from a private company from Canada)
KC-10 (KDC-10) Flag of the United States United States Medium Transport Aircraft 2 Aerial refuelling and transport
DC-10 transport Flag of the United States United States Medium Transport Aircraft 1
Gulfstream IV Flag of the United States United States Light Utility Aircraft 1 VIP transport
F-16AM/BM Fighting Falcon Flag of the United States United States Multirole Fighter Aircraft 90 all mid-life-updated, another 18 in storage/for sale (total 108)
PC-7 Turbo Trainer Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Light Training Aircraft 13
F-16 Serial Number J-229 painted in 2004 to celebrate 25 years service of the F-16 in Dutch service
F-16 Serial Number J-229 painted in 2004 to celebrate 25 years service of the F-16 in Dutch service
F-16 MLU of RNLAF's Solo Display Team at Radom Air Show 2005
F-16 MLU of RNLAF's Solo Display Team at Radom Air Show 2005

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The future

  • Around 85 F35A Lightning II's, decision will be made in 2010.
  • SHORAD Air Defence system, delivery will start in 2007.
  • 11 CH47D Chinooks will be updated to CH47F Chinooks in 2007-2008.
  • 29 AH64D Apaches will be upgraded to AH64 Apache Longbow.
  • 20 NH90 Helicopters will replace the current Navy Lynx helicopters. The NH90 helicopters will be stationed at Gilze Rijen (8 (with option for 2 more) NH-90 Naval Transport version) and De Kooy (12 NFH-90 anti-submarine warfare and SAR).
  • Purchase of air portable cruise missiles by 2011.

The Netherlands was the first country to sign up for the Production Sustainment & Follow On Development (PSFD) Phase of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft.[12]


The RNLAF is taking part in a NATO initiative, through the NATO Strategic Airlift Capability, to buy several C-17s to solve the lack in strategic airlift.[13] There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... For the Lockheed aircraft with this designation, see C-17 Super Vega. ...


Links

General

References

  1. ^ "World Military Aircraft Inventory", Aerospace Source Book 2007, Aviation Week & Space Technology, January 15, 2007.
  • Parliament Chamber Notes on buying C-130 and selling F-60 aircraft (Dutch)
  • The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible sale to the Netherlands of CH-47F Chinook cargo helicopters (English)

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