Dutch F-35A fighters stationed at Volkel Air Base have been adapted to carry and launch US B61 nuclear bombs, Dutch Air Force Combat Aviation Commander Johan van Deventer said on message service X.
The announcement of the Netherlands’ preliminary operational capability with nuclear weapons was expected. The Netherlands has long taken part in NATO’s nuclear deterrence burden sharing. The type of plane capable of carrying nuclear bombs is just being replaced by a new one – the Netherlands is deploying new F-35A stealth fighters and handing over part of its aging F-16 planes to Ukraine.
Like the Netherlands, Finland is a small NATO country. Unlike the Netherlands, Finland is still looking for its role in NATO’s nuclear weapons policy and deterrence.