A look at the Defence news 28 November – 4 December

The Netherlands and Belgium join forces to replace multi-purpose frigates and mine countermeasure vessels. The defence ministers of both countries signed a declaration of intent to this effect in Brussels today. A look at the Defence news 28 November – 4 December.

In addition, Belgium will be able to supply personnel for the Joint Logistic Support Ship HNLMS Karel Doorman. The Netherlands can in turn contribute to the amphibious preparation of Belgian Light Brigade units. The countries also see opportunities for cooperation in the field of para expertise.

In addition, the Benelux partners are seeking Dutch cooperation in the field of unmanned reconnaissance aircraft, and Belgium is considering taking part in the Multirole Tanker Transport . This past summer,  the Netherlands and Luxembourg decided to purchase 2 Airbus tanker/transport aircraft for this project.

From 1 January 2017, the Benelux countries will also take it in turns to protect their common airspace against civilian aircraft that form a possible terrorist threat.