After years of F-16 combat operations in Afghanistan and the Middle East, the Royal Netherlands Air Force has devoted 2017 to regenerating its capabilities. To get a head start, the Dutch embarked on a major detachment to Davis- Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, and Nellis AFB, Nevada, in February.


RNLAF F-16AM J-015 lands at Davis- Monthan AFB during Exercise ‘CONUS 2017’.
Clearly visible is the new AIM-9X missile and the AN/ AAQ-33 Sniper Advanced Targeting pod.

IN LATE JANUARY, after a four-year absence, six Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) F-16AMs departed the European winter of Volkel Air Base for the south-west United States. Accompanied by a KDC-10, the six aircraft landed at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona to commence the first phase of ‘CONUS 2017’, which would last just over four weeks.

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