When counting MPs, the Dutch may be on their way toward having two F-35s that will never see an operational squadron.
The Dutch--like others in the region--are down-sizing their military. The F-35 does not meet any measure of being practical. It its too weak to use for high-end anti-access threats and too expensive to own and operate for other kinds of fighter missions.
By the numbers, the only affordable F-16 replacement for the Dutch is the Gripen.
Or, a lightly armed trainer for air-policing duties.
The Dutch will have an election later this year. The F-35 mistake-jet will be a hot-button issue.