Dutch Defence has taken a step forward in strengthening its combat capabilities with the acquisition of rocket artillery for the army and long-range weapons for the navy and air force.
The acquisition is in line with the Dutch Defence’s 2022 strategy of owning its own rocket artillery and long-range weapons.
Rocket artillery for the army
The army will receive the Israeli Precise and Universal Launch System (PULS) this year. The PULS system is capable of delivering accurate ground fire support, which is vital for engaging and destroying ground-based targets at extended ranges.
Long-range weapons for the navy and air force
The navy and air force will receive long-range weapons capable of engaging targets at extended ranges with high precision and force.
The Tomahawk missiles are chosen for the navy and the JASSM-ER missiles for the air force.
Benefits of the new acquisitions
The acquisition of rocket artillery for the army and long-range weapons for the navy and air force enhances Dutch Defence’s capabilities to engage and destroy ground-based targets and targets in the hinterland of a potential adversary.
The acquisition of the PULS system offers an opportunity for international cooperation, with Denmark already purchasing the system and Germany showing interest.
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