17 Mar '17, 3pm

#Belgium Replacement of Air Combat Capability

The government has made an important decision to replace the F-16s. On the recommendation of the Minister of Defense Steven Vandeput, it was agreed to launch an acquisition program. 34 aircraft: fewer aircraft, same level of ambition The 54 F-16s now in service will be replaced by 34 new multi-role combat aircraft. This number guarantees the level of ambition mentioned in the Strategic Vision for Defence, namely: on a permanent basis, six combat aircraft are available for operations and two more to protect our air space (Quick Reaction Alert). Fewer aircraft are needed than before because the new generation of aircraft can fly more and there can be more training on simulators. An intergovernmental agreement Defense aims to conclude an intergovernmental agreement that will include the purchase of aircraft to replace the current F-16 air combat capability and to support the ...

Full article: http://www.defense-aerospace.com/articles-view/release/3/...

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