Netherlands buys Gulfstream G650 for VIP missions

Netherlands buys Gulfstream G650
Gulfstream 650 business jet.

The Dutch Minister of Defense announced Tuesday that it has acquired a second-hand Gulfstream 650 aircraft to replace the current Gulfstream IV.

The aircraft will be used for the fast and safe transport of small groups of people such as political, military and defense officers. Destinations can also include risky mission areas that are difficult to reach with commercial flights. In addition, it can also be used for the urgent repatriation of defense employees.

The G650 has a longer range than the current aircraft and can carry more passengers. It is also suitable for receiving a certified self-protection system. Due to the difficult market for used business jets and component lead times, the G650 will be operational in 2023.

The nation has selected a second-hand aircraft to keep costs down. It started flying in 2015 and hasn't logged many flying hours. The Ministry of Defense purchased the G650 via Jet Aviation in Basel, Switzerland. This company will also handle the conversion of the aircraft.

The nation introduced the old Gulfstream IV in 1996, it will be sold after the arrival of the G650.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Image: Gulfstream

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