Nearing its 14-month mark since Russia launched an invasion of its neighbor Ukraine, countries around the globe continue to rearm themselves with cutting-edge weaponry to combat emerging modern threats, as witnessed on the Ukrainian battlefield.

The Netherlands is among the European countries that have been busy reassessing and upgrading their defense capabilities, recently procuring American and Israeli-made weapons to address long-distance threats.

According to its defense ministry, the ongoing conflict in Ukraine demonstrates the importance of equipping various fire support, including short, medium, and long-range, on its land, air, and sea fortifications.

“With the new systems, the Ministry of Defense further substantiates NATO’s common combat power and deterrence,” Netherlands Defense State Secretary Christophe van der Maat stated. “This shows that the Netherlands is taking responsibility by making a strong contribution to this.”

In addition, the Netherlands thus meets the wish to possess its own rocket artillery and long-range weapon, as described in the Defense Policy Document 2022,” he added.

Also called the Defense White Paper, this document details the increasing threat in Amsterdam and across Europe, assessing these emerging challenges and how armed forces of today and tomorrow can counter to keep and protect the “freedom, security, and prosperity” of one’s country stays intact.

Ramping up Long-Range Firepower

The Netherlands sought to strengthen its armed forces’ firepower and air defenses by obtaining this set of rocket artillery and long-range arms, notably for its navy ships and F-35 fighter jet fleet.

At present, the Dutch Navy’s warships “do not have armaments that are powerful enough and reach far enough to disable bunkers,” according to its defense ministry. Likewise, it lacks adequate air defense capabilities.