Primary focus: Operator
The Royal Netherlands Air Force is a modern, high-tech armed forces Service that is active on a global basis. The Air Force lends support in combating international unrest and provides disaster relief. At home in the Netherlands, the Air Force ensures security from the air. For these purposes, it has highly-qualified personnel, aircraft, helicopters and other weapon systems at its disposal.
The Royal Netherlands Air Force plays an important role in international conflict resolution. Its aircraft and helicopters provide air transport capability and overall security from the air. In this way, the Air Force contributes to the enforcement of international law. Operations abroad are carried out in concert with the other armed forces Services as well as NATO and UN Allies.
The Royal Netherlands Air Force also comes to the aid of victims of natural or man-made disasters and acts of war. By carrying out humanitarian operations, it makes an important contribution to stability around the globe, which is a prerequisite for a peaceful world. This is beneficial to Dutch trade interests and the security of the Netherlands.
At home in the Netherlands, the Royal Netherlands Air Force contributes 24/7 to security:
In the present day, the working area of the Air Force is not limited to the physical boundaries of the earth’s atmosphere. The development of satellites and rockets is progressing at pace. The Defence organisation is, for example, making use of an increasing number of its own satellites in order to prevent dependence on commercial companies for military communication. Furthermore, the threat of missiles has become greater as they can now, in addition to more traditional ground or air-based launch platforms, also be launched from or via space.
As a consequence, space is gaining importance as an area from which Dutch interests can be defended.
May 31, 2023: A look at Defence news 22 - 28 May
May 24, 2023: A look at the Defence news 15– 21 May
May 17, 2023: A look at the Defence news 8 - 14 May
May 10, 2023: A look at the Defence news 1 - 7 May
May 3, 2023: A look at the Defence news 24 – 30 April
Apr 25, 2023: A look at the Defence news 17 – 23 April
Apr 20, 2023: Netherlands to purchase Leopard 2 tanks for Ukraine
Apr 19, 2023: A look at the Defence news 10 – 16 April
Apr 13, 2023: Defence to publish more information about deliveries to Ukraine
Apr 12, 2023: A look at the Defence news 3 – 9 April
Apr 6, 2023: Netherlands to deploy 150 service members to the Balkans
Apr 5, 2023: A look at the Defence news 27 March - 2 April
Mar 30, 2023: 13 Light Armoured Brigade completes integration between Dutch combat brigades and German divisions
Mar 29, 2023: A look at the Defence news 20 – 26 March
Mar 23, 2023: NATO tanker fleet now officially deployable anywhere in the world
Mar 22, 2023: A look at the Defence news 13 – 19 March
Mar 15, 2023: A look at the Defence news 6 - 12 March
Mar 14, 2023: The Netherlands to deliver minehunters to Ukraine
Mar 8, 2023: A look at the Defence news 27 February – 5 March
Mar 1, 2023: A look at the Defence news 20 – 26 February