BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 P.M.) – The Netherlands has ended their F-16 mission in the Middle East recently after a year-long deployment inside of Iraq.

Citing the Dutch Ministry of Defense, IHS Janes reported that the Netherlands officially concluded their F-16 mission at the end of 2018.

The MoD reported the return of Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) F-16s deployed to Iraq on 2 January, followed by most of the 150-strong Dutch detachment.

“The four F-16s, plus two reserve aircraft, had been operating from Al-Azraq in Jordan since January 2018, together with other coalition members supporting troops on the ground. They conducted more than 3,000 missions using their weapons about 2,100 times to attack targets such as vehicles, logistic nodes, and weapon positions of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and eastern Syria,” the Dutch MoD claimed.

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Françoise LAGATHU

Un de moins!

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Karel Vd Geest

Those planes are reaching the end of their technical lifespan, getting obsolete. They would need to be heavily upgraded to remain combat ready. They are being replaced by F35′ s.

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Stern Daler

@Karel, thx for the info.

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Upgrading is NOT a problem. As long as the airframe is OK, the arcraift is fine. In fact, what you speak about is what NL govt pretends in order to purchase the over-expensive and not so performing F-35. Do you know that upgraded Indian Mig-21 ‘Bison’ have ridculed USAF’s F-15 and F-16 during drills? In fact, with the NATO MIL-BUS, upgrades are near “plug’n’play”. USAF is unlocking funds to push their F-16 until… 2048!!!!!! NL should better have bought EU gear : even F-22 pilots said Rafales were on par with their ‘horses’… And each does the job of 3… Read more »