The assembly of the first "European" F-35A for the Netherlands Air Force began in Italy
The solemn ceremony of the assembly of the first European F-35A for the Netherlands Air Force took place at the FACO enterprise in the Italian Kameri, the press service of the Ministry of Defense of this country reported. It is expected that the assembly of the fifth generation fighter will be completed in February 2019, and by the end of the year it will join the ranks of the country's Air Force tulips. The first combat unit equipped with F-35A fighters will be the 322-I fighter squadron of the Netherlands Air Force, stationed at Leeuwarden airbase.
first F-35A, assembled in Italy
The Netherlands is one of the main partners in the development program of the fifth-generation fighter F-35, and since 2002, they have invested about 800 million euros in the creation of the aircraft. Currently, for the Air Force of this country, two F-35, which are being tested in the state of California, are produced in the United States. All in all, the Netherlands planned to purchase X-NUMX F-85 airplanes, but due to the increased price for it, they decided to purchase all 35 aircraft to replace the F-37 Fighting Falcons.
The FACO plant in Cameri, which assembles the "European" F-35 aircraft, not only assembles the airplanes themselves, but also produces wings for them. According to the information, the company belongs to the Ministry of Defense of Italy and was created for the assembly of aircraft with the usual take-off and landing of the F-35A and the F-35B variant with a short take-off and vertical landing. In total, the plant is supposed to build 30 F-35B and 60 F-35A for the Italian Air Force, as well as 29 F-35A for the Air Force of the Netherlands. Another eight aircraft for the Air Force of the Netherlands will be produced in the United States, reports TSAMTO.
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