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May 12, 2011

Dutch Air Force Decommissions Utility Helicopters

The Royal Netherlands Air Force has decommissioned 14 Eurocopter AS532 Cougar utility helicopters as part of the government's plan to reduce defence spending by €1bn over the next four years. In addition to the utility helicopters, the air force will also reduce its number of F-16s f

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The Royal Netherlands Air Force has decommissioned 14 Eurocopter AS532 Cougar utility helicopters as part of the government’s plan to reduce defence spending by €1bn over the next four years.

In addition to the utility helicopters, the air force will also reduce its number of F-16s from 87 to 68 and will disband two ground installation defence platoons.

The 17 Cougar transport helicopters will be totally scrapped to introduce six CH-47F Chinooks and 20 NH90, and will retain the third DC-10 into service.

The Air Force will also remove one of four Patriot batteries from service.

The government is reducing spending by €18bn, of which, €635m is required to be saved by the Ministry of Defence in the wake of the global financial crisis.

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