The Netherlands will allocate additional funds to the army, which will go to expand firepower and rebuild support units.
This was reported by the Dutch broadcaster NOS, reports European Truth .
Earlier this month, it was decided that the army would receive an additional 5 billion euros a year. About half of these funds, according to the government’s plan, will be spent on so-called cruising weapons, additional F-35 fighters, the expansion of Patriot air defense and a new missile system capable of hitting ground targets.
According to sources, these are six additional F-35s, in addition to the 46 already ordered by the Netherlands. Four additional Reaper drones will also be purchased, doubling their current number.
It is unknown at this time whether the drone will also be armed. The House of Representatives recently expressed a desire to equip MQ-9 Reaper drones with weapons.
Another 2.5 billion euros will go to support units such as logistics and medical forces. After many years of budget cuts, these parts of the armed forces must regain their strength in order to carry out several tasks simultaneously.