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Tuesday, Sep 17
Dutch to buy 37 F35 jets
- Holland reportedly intends to acquire 37 Lockheed Martin (LMT) F35 fighter jets, with Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert set to announce the decision later today.
- Amid an atmosphere of austerity, as well as the project's delays and ballooning expenses, the F35 purchase had become controversial in the Netherlands. Last year, Dutch parties representing a majority in parliament favored ending Holland's participation in the project, for which €4.5B had been set aside