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Dutch Lawmakers Vote To Pull Out of F-35 Tests

May. 21, 2010 - 03:45AM   |  
By JOHN REED   |   Comments
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The Dutch parliament voted May 20 to pull out of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter test program and cut its purchase of its first F-35, the Netherlands' Embassy in Washington confirmed.

But the decision will be reviewed by the new government that will be voted into office following the country's June 9 elections, Embassy spokesman Floris Van Hovell said. And after that, the parliament will have final sign off on the new government's choice.

The parliamentary vote flies in the face of the Dutch Ministry of Defense's stance that participating in F-35 testing and evaluation will keep costs down for the 85 production jets it plans to buy to replace its aging F-16s, Van Hovell said.

European news reports have cited fiscal constraints as the rationale behind the parliament's decision, he Hovell said.

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