Netherlands - Country Commercial Guide
Defense Technology

This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.

Last published date: 2021-11-09

Overview

The Dutch Government has committed to incrementally increase defense spending by €1.5 billion over the next five years, with a one-time increase of €1.2 billion in 2019 and an annual increase of €162 million in the following years.  Opportunities are outlined in the national plan laid out by the Ministry of Defense, which listed the top five Dutch defense priorities: the procurement of additional F-35s, reinforcement of land capabilities through investment in direct and indirect firing power, strengthening of maritime capabilities through investment in ballistic missile defense capabilities, additional enablers for their  Special Operations Forces (on ground and in air, including an additional rotary wing), and the expansion of  capabilities in the cyber and information domain.

U.S. Military Export to the Netherlands

End-Use Code

Value 2018

Value 2019

Value 2020

(50000) Military aircraft, complete

1,393,637

3,099,150

2,427,161

(50010) Aircraft launching gear, parachutes, etc.

361,449

275,504

232,600

(50020) Engines and turbines for military aircraft

2,910,094

3,062,051

2,686,866

(50030) Military trucks, armored vehicles, etc.

1,487,422

914,351

913,370

(50040) Military ships and boats

15,012

9,110

38,756

(50050) Tanks, artillery, missiles, rockets, guns, and ammunition

5,040,094

5,568,225

3,740,280

(50060) Military apparel and footwear

914,881

927,682

898,349

(50070) Parts for military-type goods

6,213,824

6,731,630

6,021,504

Total

18,336,413

20,587,703

16,958,886

Unit:  USD thousands

Source:  U.S. Census Bureau - Foreign Trade Statistics.

Although total military exports to the Netherlands decreased in value from 2019 to 2020, the figures will likely increase in the future with the award of several large defense contracts to U.S. companies.

Leading Sub-Sectors

The Netherlands has numerous contracts with U.S. companies in defense technology.  As a result of the increased defense budget, there are many opportunities for military exports to the Air Force, Navy, Army, Special Operational Units, the Military Police, and the military Cyber Unit.

Opportunities

Future military opportunities are normally outlined in the Dutch Ministry of Defense’s Program Overview  (DPO).  An English version of the DPO is available on request from the Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassy in the Netherlands.  The 2018 Defense White Paper offers a more precise overview of all the opportunities between 2018 and 2033.  In light of the large number of programs on the horizon, companies are advised to review the white paper.

Resources

Market Analyses:Global Aerospace Resource Guide 2020

Dutch Defense White Paper 

 

Trade Shows

NIDV Symposium

 

Associations

  • The Netherlands Defense Manufacturers Association (NIDV)
  • The Netherlands Aerospace Group (NAG)

Contact: Natasha Keylard, Commercial Specialist                                        

U.S. Commercial Service – The Netherlands

Natasha.keylard@trade.gov| +31 70 310 2279