Royal Netherlands Air Force

 

The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) (Dutch: Koninklijke Luchtmacht (KLu), "Royal Air Force"), is the military aviation branch of the Netherlands Armed Forces.

 

 
Organization details
Name Royal Netherlands Air Force
Organization type Operator
Headquartered in Netherlands
Aircraft in service with RNLAF
Boeing CH-47D N/A
Boeing AH-64D Apache
Boeing CH-47F N/A
Links
RNLAF website
Contact RNLAF
Aircraft or services

Royal Netherlands Air Force

   

The Royal Netherlands Air Force is a modern, high-tech armed forces Service that is active on a global basis. The Air Force lends support in combating international unrest and provides disaster relief. At home in the Netherlands, the Air Force ensures security from the air. For these purposes, it has highly-qualified personnel, aircraft, helicopters and other weapon systems at its disposal.

Operations abroad

Royal Netherlands Air Force AS532U2 CougarThe Royal Netherlands Air Force plays an important role in international conflict resolution. Its aircraft and helicopters provide air transport capability and overall security from the air. In this way, the Air Force contributes to the enforcement of international law. Operations abroad are carried out in concert with the other armed forces Services as well as NATO and UN Allies.

 

Disaster relief

The Royal Netherlands Air Force also comes to the aid of victims of natural or man-made disasters and acts of war. By carrying out humanitarian operations, it makes an important contribution to stability around the globe, which is a prerequisite for a peaceful world. This is beneficial to Dutch trade interests and the security of the Netherlands.

The Royal Netherlands Air Force in the Netherlands

At home in the Netherlands, the Royal Netherlands Air Force contributes 24/7 to security:

  • Fighter aircraft are on stand-by for the protection of Dutch airspace;
  • Patrol aircraft carry out coastguard tasks;
  • Military air traffic control plays a part in the safe, orderly and smooth handling of air traffic;
  • Search-and-Rescue helicopters carry out rescue operations at sea and medical evacuations from ships and the West Frisian Islands to hospitals on the mainland.
  • Transport helicopters extinguish large fires and transport persons and materials in the event of serious incidents;
  • Combat helicopters support criminal investigation operations conducted by the police or by the Public Prosecution Service.

 

Moving into space

In the present day, the working area of the Air Force is not limited to the physical boundaries of the earth’s atmosphere. The development of satellites and rockets is progressing at pace. The Defence organisation is, for example, making use of an increasing number of its own satellites in order to prevent dependence on commercial companies for military communication. Furthermore, the threat of missiles has become greater as they can now, in addition to more traditional ground or air-based launch platforms, also be launched from or via space.

As a consequence, space is gaining importance as an area from which Dutch interests can be defended.

RNLAF News and Info
Jan 25, 2023: A look at the Defence news 16 – 22 January
Jan 20, 2023: The Dutch supply of Patriot air defence system to Ukraine
Jan 18, 2023: A look at the Defence news 9 – 15 January
Jan 11, 2023: A look at the Defence news 19 December – 8 January
Dec 21, 2022: A look at the Defence news 13 – 18 December
Dec 14, 2022: A look at the Defence news 5 – 12 December
Dec 7, 2022: A look at the Defence news 28 November – 4 December
Nov 30, 2022: A look at the Defence news 21 - 27 November
Nov 30, 2022: Minister on visit to Iraq: peace and security in interest of entire Middle East
Nov 23, 2022: A look at the Defence news 14 - 20 November
Nov 16, 2022: A look at the Defence news 7–13 November
Nov 16, 2022: Defence submits requests for quotation from submarine shipyards
Nov 15, 2022: United Kingdom to participate in EU project Military Mobility
Nov 10, 2022: The Netherlands to contribute 100 million euros to military fund for Ukraine
Nov 9, 2022: A look at the Defence news 31 October - 6 November
Nov 4, 2022: Dutch military support package for Ukraine
Nov 2, 2022: A look at the Defence news 24 - 30 October
Oct 26, 2022: A look at the Defence news 17 - 23 October
Oct 19, 2022: A look at the Defence news 10 - 16 October
Oct 14, 2022: State Secretary: US and the EU need to share knowledge more generously.
 
     

Royal Netherlands Air Force

 

The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) (Dutch: Koninklijke Luchtmacht (KLu), "Royal Air Force"), is the military aviation branch of the Netherlands Armed Forces.