Dutch military improves aircraft fleet
19 September 2005, AMSTERDAM — The Dutch military is to buy two second-hand C-130 Hercules transport planes from the US for EUR 54 million.
19 September 2005
AMSTERDAM — The Dutch military is to buy two second-hand C-130 Hercules transport planes from the US for EUR 54 million.
Junior minister Cees van der Knaap at the Defence Ministry announced the plans in a letter to Parliament on Monday.
The turbo-prop heavy-lift aircraft is capable of operating from rough, dirt strips and is the prime transport for airdropping troops and equipment into hostile areas. The C-130 Hercules is in use in over 60 countries.
The C-130s will replace the Fokker F60 transport planes currently in service with the Dutch air force. The Fokkers are not designed to land at makeshift airfields.
The first of the purchased Hercules planes — essential to supply military missions abroad — will become operation next year and the second will begin service in 2007.
Van der Knaap also wants to buy five Chinook helicopters, with four of the twin engine, twin rotor heavy-lift helicopters fitted out for use in commando missions.
The four Chinooks will be updated with the latest long range radio, specialist night vision equipment and a winch to allow the helicopter to deploy and retrieve troops without landing. The craft will also have fitted machine guns and anti-missile systems.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news