Orders in the F-35 programme (JSF)

The Netherlands took part in the development of the F-35 (Joint Strike Fighter, JSF) and is now engaged in the aircraft’s production and sustainment phases. 

€ 800 million for participation in F-35 development

To participate in the F-35’s development, the Dutch government invested an extra amount of € 800 million to the US government. It was agreed that Dutch industry would in turn contribute to this investment of the government with an ivestment of € 105 million in recognition of the programme’s importance to it. This investment will be paid back over the lifetime of the F35 program. The government and the companies made agreements about this in the F-35 Cofinancing Agreement and how this investment will be paid back. 

Participating in the development of the F-35 provides opportunities for contracts

Dutch suppliers were invited to tender for contracts for the development of this fighter aircraft. They now have the opportunity to be awarded contracts for the aircraft’s series production sustainment (maintain and repair) and the follow-on modernisation of the aircraft.

Dutch position in the aircraft industry

Dutch suppliers have already been awarded contracts worth more than € 1 billion. This strengthens the Netherlands’ position in the international aircraft industry.

Companies contribute to the F-35

Companies must pay the state 2% of the annual turnover they earn from the F-35 contracts they are awarded. More than 90 Dutch companies and institutions are now participating in the programme.

Information on the F-35 programme

For more information on the F-35 programme and the F-35 Cofinancing Agreement, please send an email to: CMP@minezk.nl.