Dutch Join Norwegians on F-35 Brake Chute Development
In a 25 November bill presented to the Norwegian Parliament, the Dutch government agreed to pay Norway 96 million NOK ($11.4 million) to cover their share of development costs. That cost share will allow the Norwegian government to redirect those funds to cover general expenses related to the Norwegian acquisition of the F-35, according to a post by the minister of defence.
The $11.4 million constitutes an initial contribution from the Netherlands, which will eventually cover their share of aircraft receiving the drag chute, a Norwegian spokesman tells FlightGlobal. The Netherlands has only committed to preparing aircraft for the drag chute mounting and the initial contribution covers the development of the modification.
While most international partners’ F-35s are indistinguishable from the US fighters, Norway and now the Netherlands will incorporate drag chutes to help the aircraft land on icy runways. The fairing for the chute will be mounted on the back of the aircraft between the aircraft's two vertical tails, the Norwegian spokesman says.