NETHERLANDS

 

Population
Defence Budget 2010
GDP 2009
Land area
Capital
Life expectancy
Population growth rate
16.4 million
Euros 8.5 billion (US$10.8 billion)
Euros 576 billion (US$702 billion)
41,447 sq kms (16,002 sq miles)
The Hague (Population 486,000)
79 years
0.4 per cent
 
 
Total Armed Forces  
Army
Navy
Air Force
Military Constabulary

22,000 (plus about 3,000 reserves)
9,470 including 3,000 marines
9,500 (plus about 400 reserves)
5,900

 

 

MINISTRY OF DEFENCE  

Contact Details




 

Ministry of Defence
Plein 4
PO Box 20701
NL-2500 ES The Hague
Netherlands

Tel:  +31 70 318 81 88
Fax: +31 70 318 84 01
 


 

ARMY ORGANISATION

 

Army Strength: 22,000 (plus about 3,000 reserves)

3 x Combat Brigades

 

Royal Netherlands Army Outline Structure

Netherlands Outline Army Structure

Note:
There appear to be 5 x SF companies that include airborne, counter-terrorist and maritime capabilities.

 

SUPPORT COMMAND OUTLINE STRUCTURE

 

Netherlands Support Command Outline Structure

Note:
STAR - Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance Battalion; CIMIC - Civil-Military Co-operation.

 

11 AIRMOBILE BRIGADE

 

Netherlands 11 Airmobile Brigade Outline Structure
 

13 MECHANISED BRIGADE
 

Nethrelands 13 Mechanised Brigade Outline Structure
43 MECHANISED BRIGADE
 

Netherlands 43 Mechanised Brigade Outline Structure


 

MAJOR ARMY EQUIPMENT

 

Main Battle Tanks 44 x Leopard 2A6 (possibly 60 available)
Reconnaissance (Recce) 140 x Fennek (wheeled)
  Note: 438 x Fennek are in service in a variety of specialised battlefield roles.
  6 x Fuchs (NBC Recce)
Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle (AIFV) 184 x CV9035 (tracked)

Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC)

200 x Boxer - on order replacing YPR-765 between 2010-2016 (wheeled)

  200 x YPR-765 (tracked M113 type being withdrawn)
  112 x Bushmaster (wheeled)
  80 x Patria XA-188 Sisu (wheeled)
Artillery 57 x 155 mm PzH 2000 (SP available)
Mortars (Mor) 16 x 120 mm Brandt (towed)
  150 x 81 mm many of these L16
Anti-Tank (Atk) 130 x MRAT (Fennek AFV with Spike ATGW)
  167 x SPIKE launchers
  Approximately 900 Panzerfaust (RL)
Low Level Air Defence (LLAD) 18 x Stinger SAM (FIM-92A) on Fennek
  18 x Stinger SAM (FIM-92A) MANPAD
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) 5 x EMT Aladin
  32 x SAGEM Sperwer
  Some IAI MALE reported

 


 

NAVAL ORGANISATION

 

Navy Strength: 9,470 including 3,000 marines

Principal Units:

 

  4 x Submarines
  6 x Destroyers and Frigates
10 x Mine Countermeasure Vessels

Royal Netherlands Navy Outline Structure:


There are naval bases at Den Helder and Texel with overseas base at Willemstad (Curacao). There are Marine barracks at Rotterdam, Doom, Suffisant (Curacao and Savanete (Netherlands Antillies).
 


 

MAJOR NAVAL EQUIPMENT

 

Submarines (SSK)

4 x Walrus Class

Destroyers (DD) 4 x Zeven Provincien Class
Frigates (FF) 2 x Karel Doorman

Mine Countermeasures (MCM)

10 x Alkmaar (Tripartite type)

Amphibious Vessels (LPD)

1 x Rotterdam (carries helicopters, armoured vehicles and up to 600 troops)

 

1 x Johan de Witt (carries helicopters, armoured vehicles and up to 620 troops)

 

15 x assorted landing craft

Miscellaneous

3 x Tankers

 

2 x Support Vessels

  2 x Survey Vessels
  2 x Training Ships

Helicopters (Hel)

21 x SH-14D Lynx ASW (possibly 14 in service)

 

20 x NH-90 (deliveries continue until 2013)

 

Marines (3,000 personnel)

2 x Marine Infantry Battalions (1 x Bn integrated with UK 3 Commando Brigade)
1 x Amphibious Combat Support Battalion
1 x Amphibious Logistical Battalion

Reorganisation continues and the size of the Marine Corps may be increased.

Equipment includes:

74 x BVS10 Viking Personnel Carrier
20 x XA-188 Sisu APC
100 x BV206D Personnel Carrier
12 x 120 mm Brandt Mortars
32 x 81 mm Mortar
SPIKE ATGW
Stinger SAM MANPAD

 


 

AIR FORCE ORGANISATION

Air Force Strength: 9,500 (plus about 400 reserves)

Royal Netherlands Air Force Outline Structure

Royal Netherlands Air Force Outline Structure

Notes:
(1) Air defence training and support for all three armed services is provided at the De Peel Airbase.
(2) 11 Airmobile Brigade trains at Deelen Air Base.
(3) Eindhoven hosts the European Air Transport Coordination Centre
 


 

MAJOR AIR FORCE EQUIPMENT

 

Fighter Ground Attack (FGA) 87 x F-16AM/BM
Transport (Tpt) 6 x C-130 Hercules
  2 x Fokker 50
  1 x MD DC-10
  1 x Gulfstream IV
Air to Air Refuelling (AAR) 2 x KDC-10
Training (Trg) 13 x PC-7 Turbo Trainer
Helicopters (Hel) 30 x AH-62D Apache
  4 x SA-316 Alouette III (utility)
  11 x CH-47D Chinook (6 more on order)
  3 x AB-412 (SAR)
  16 x AS-532U2 Cougar (utility)
  21 x Lynx (ASW/SAR) being replaced by 20 x NH-90
Air launched missiles (ALM) AMMRAM (AAM)
  Sidewinder (AAM)
  Hellfire (ASM)
  Maverick (ASM)
Surface to Air Missiles (SAM) 32 x MIM-104 Patriot Launchers
  250 x Stinger (MANPAD)

CURRENT UNIT DEPLOYMENTS
(over platoon strength 30 personnel. These are approximate figures)

NATO (ISAF) Afghanistan 2,100
EUFOR Bosnia 70

 

There is a security and anti-smuggling detachment based at Aruba in the Netherlands Antilles.