20 Mar '17, 1pm

#Belgium formally launches fighter replacement effort

#Belgium formally launches fighter replacement effort

Belgium has formally launched its effort to procure a new fighter aircraft type, with the announcement on 17 March that requests for proposals (RFP) have been issued. Belgium has launched its effort to replace the air force's current 54 F-16s (pictured) with 34 new multirole aircraft. (IHS Markit/Patrick Allen) The announcement was made on the website of defence minister Steven Vandeput, as he approved the programme to replace the Belgian Air Component's (BAC's) 54 Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft with 34 new multirole platforms. With the effort being launched under the strapline of 'fewer planes, same ambitions', 34 aircraft is the number defined in the country's strategic defence doctrine as that being required to have six on permanent standby for operations and two on quick reaction alert (QRA) duties over Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg (BENELUX)....

Full article: http://www.janes.com/article/68838/belgium-formally-launc...

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