The Netherlands will not only maintain, but also test, F-35 engines. It is the first country outside the US that has obtained the arrival of a test run setup. The test facility will be operational in 2019.
The defense ministry and engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney have signed a contract for the construction of the infrastructure and the provision of the necessary equipment in East Hartford (Connecticut). This was announced today.
The agreement also includes a spare parts package and the necessary training.
Building on Woensdrecht
The ministries of Defense and of Economic Affairs, and the Province of Noord-Brabant, will jointly invest in the construction of a maintenance workshop and a separate testing setup at the Logistics Center at Woensdrecht. This summer, a contract will be signed for the construction of the workshop.
With the arrival of the F-35 engine maintenance, the Netherlands will maintain expert knowledge about engine maintenance. In addition, the Logistic Center Woensdrecht will now have a solid base for maintenance activities for the next 30 years. It is also beneficial for the maintenance of other weapons, which strengthen the innovative power of the Dutch economy and creates jobs.
The Netherlands is one of the countries that will provide engine maintenance for the worldwide F-35 fleet, like Australia, Turkey and Norway will also do. Engine testing is in line with deliveries to the first F-35 operational users in the program partner countries outside the United States.