In late August, six F-16s left Volkel air base bound for Chile. The aircraft are part of the sale agreement concluded on 8 June 2009. The first 12 F-16s were handed over in November 2010 and April 2011.
The 18 fighters sold to Chile are part of the measures from the 2007 'Service Worldwide' policy letter, in which the choice was made to free up funds for Defence by the sale of Defence materiel. The main items of materiel involved are artillery pieces, battle tanks and fighter aircraft.
This sale led to the number of fighter aircraft in the Royal Netherlands Air Force declining from 105 to 87, 14 of which are for training and instruction purposes. Chile had previously purchased 18 Dutch F-16s in 2006 after the measures announced in the 2003 Budget Day Letter.
In the meantime, it has become clear that the 18 F-16s that have been decommissioned as a result of the current cutbacks, will also be sold.
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