Dutch defence ministry plans to sell F-16's

21st June 2012, Comments 2 comments

Romania is interested in buying 15 surplus F-16’s from the Dutch airforce. A number of other countries have also shown interest in Dutch military vehicles and ordnance.

On Thursday, the Defence Ministry confirmed reports that it is looking to sell equipment in order to raise funds. It is not clear how much money the Netherlands will be able to raise with the sale of the fighter jets.

The defence ministry must shave a billion euros from its budget. The ministry is also in preliminary discussions with an undisclosed number of potential buyers, including Chile, which are interested in eight Cougar helicopters.

Today, parliament will discuss the potential sale of 80 Leopard tanks to Indonesia. The ministries of defence and foreign affairs are in favour of the sale but a majority in parliament is against the transaction. The tanks would be sold for 200 million euros.

© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

2 Comments To This Article

  • Joe posted:

    on 21st June 2012, 13:59:53 - Reply

    Kinda hard for the EU to sabre-rattle without any sabres, isn't it?
  • Sir Charles Moore posted:

    on 21st June 2012, 13:06:21 - Reply

    Yes because Holland is short on money? What a joke, such a rich country.