The Dutch don’t want the JSF?
The Dutch don’t want the JSF? Can you believe a country would simply say “no” to one of the best aircrafts in the world. Would that be because the Dutch don’t like to spend money, or is there another reasons. Well, the Dutch Institute named Clingenael and which specialises In international relations, has thought about it and has come to the conclusion that the replacement of the F-16 jet fighter by the Joint Strike Fighter is not the best option. Clingendael says the JSF will only be needed if the Netherlands wants to take part in the opening phase of military interventions. This would allow the Netherlands to exercise influence on the international state and deliver and ‘important contribution’ to Nato in terms of European military capacity. But the high cost of the JSF will lead to ‘serious limitations’ to the country’s maritime operations – such as the role the Netherlands currently plays in protecting commercial shipping against pirates. The Netherlands would also have less capacity to take part in human rights and humanitarian missions, the institute says. ‘Amending the operational targets of the armed forces is unavoidable,’ the report states. At the moment there is a skewed relationship between the country’s ambitions, the budget and the structure of the armed forces, the report states. The best option would be to see the Dutch armed forces as a ‘robust stabilisation force’. This means the Netherlands would not take part in the initial phases of an intervention, with a high level of violence, but would contribute to peace and stability operations. In this scenario, the JSF and submarines would not be necessary, the institute says.