The Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR) has released first noise level test results of the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s (RNLAF) two F-35 fighter jets, which recently visited the Leeuwarden Air Base.
Two F-35s have successfully completed two test flights in the areas near the airbases at Volkel and Leeuwarden.
The aircraft completed 28 sorties in an effort to allow local residents to experience and compare exact noise levels of the F-35 with the F-16 that is currently in use.
The first results from noise perception flights were submitted to the members of the Commission for Consultation and Awareness for Environmental Health (COVM) and the media.
The survey states that only small differences were noted by local residents, with the F-35 being approximately 3dB noisier than F-16.
The NLR is currently working on the results of the second flight, which will enable further analysis of the data.
The final report will be submitted at the COVM meeting of the airbases of Leeuwarden and Volkel.
The test results will also be used by the steering committee for the execution of the Eijsink motion for the completion of the permanent noise monitoring.
The NLR established five noise assessment points at each air base.
In March last year, the Dutch Parliament approved an order for eight Lockheed Martin F-35As to replace the F-16s currently in use by the RNLAF.
The Netherlands will obtain up to 37 F-35A aircraft in total from Lockheed Martin.
It is one of the original nine partner nations for the F-35 and contributes to the development, production, and sustainment of the F-35 programme.
Image: One of the F-35s in flight. Photo: courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corporation.