Netherlands: Estimates of F-35’s Costs go much higher

The Joint Strike Fighters are intended to be the successor of the F-16’s in the air force. In September Hennis already wrote that the purchase of the 37 fighter jets may cost 550 million euros more than expected. She did not adapt her budget at the time to include the new estimate, because it would mean drastic measures when it is still uncertain whether they’d be necessary.

The Court of Auditors does not agree with this. According to the court, that the Netherlands already has to make commitments for the purchase of 24 or possibly 32 of the jets while this cabinet is still in office.