US and Netherlands sign agreement to strengthen defence cooperation

6 July 2018 (Last Updated July 6th, 2018 15:09)

US Ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra has signed a new defence agreement with Henne Schuwer, the Dutch Ambassador to the US.

US and Netherlands sign agreement to strengthen defence cooperation
Signing of the Chapeau Agreement. Credit: US Embassy & Consulate in the Netherlands.

US Ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra has signed a new defence agreement with Henne Schuwer, the Dutch Ambassador to the US.

The Chapeau Agreement has been signed to establish a framework for bilateral defence cooperation activities between the two countries.

With the agreement, both the Netherlands and the US will bolster their collaboration on several military equipment and operations.

Under the partnership, the two countries will be committed in exchanging military personnel, such as pilots, liaison officers and technicians, as well as information about the latest technological systems.

The agreement has been designed to primarily support large-material projects, such as the replacement of the Boeing CH-47 Chinook and AH-64 Apache helicopters.

“The CH-47 is an advanced multi-mission helicopter that incorporates a fully integrated, digital cockpit management system and advanced cargo-handling capabilities.”

The cooperation will also support the acquisition of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems’ MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), in addition to the exchange of data during replacements of submarines and frigates.

In addition, both countries agreed to cooperate further to improve the missile defence of the two nations.

The CH-47 is an advanced multi-mission helicopter that incorporates a fully integrated, digital cockpit management system and advanced cargo-handling capabilities.

Boeing’s AH-64 Apache helicopter is an advanced multi-role combat aircraft used by the US Army and a large number of international defence forces.

The MQ-9 Reaper is a turboprop-powered, multi-mission Predator B remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) that has an endurance of more than 27 hours, can travel at speeds of 240k and operate at a height of up to 50,000ft.