To complete the third squad, Amsterdam needs 15 aircraft, although different NATO experts believe that finally their number could increase.
The Dutch Parliament has supported the future acquisition, Defense News portal Dick Zandee, an analyst on the defense of the think tank Clingendael
In turn, the Dutch Government has already included the cost of the new F-35s in its annual report for NATO. In this way, they take the necessary steps to increase defense spending up to 2% of GDP, as the president of the United States, Donald Trump, demanded from the States that are part of the Atlantic Alliance.
On the other hand, Zandee believes that the new ships are not likely to play a considerable role and are not able to fill the void left in the supply inventory after the Trump Administration expelled Turkey from the F- construction program. 35 He sin Turkish was buying the S-400 from Russia. The US military believes that the use of both systems will allow Russia to seize sensitive data on these aircraft with the help of sensors installed in its air defense systems.