King Willem-Alexander takes part in training mission with F-16.

King Willem-Alexander paid a working visit to Volkel Air Base this afternoon. He was here because of the deployment of F-16 aircraft in both the Netherlands and internationally. He also participated in a regular training mission. The King first attended a briefing in preparation for the training mission. Afterwards he was also at the debriefing. In addition to the evaluation of the training mission, the task and future of the F-16 was also discussed. It is expected to remain operational until 2024.

The air base is currently preparing for the arrival of the successor to the F-16, the F-35A Lightning II (F-35). This new fighter aircraft is expected to arrive at Volkel in 2022. The aircraft is part of the so-called “Fifth Generation Air Force” to respond to the continuous changes in the global security situation.

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