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Belgian Air Force to get 34 new fighters

Belgian Air Force to get 34 new fighters

Postby Gary » Tue Dec 22, 2015 6:30 pm

Belgian Air Force going to get 34 new fighters to replace the F-16

Agreement of the government: Cash Register, army and police under the Christmas tree

The government is going to buy 34 new fighter planes. The Manufacturer and model chosen have still not been communicated. The first aircraft should be delivered between 2023 and 2028. The Defense will also invest in two frigates and six minesweepers The investments could reach 9,2 billion, while the staff of the army will be gradually reduced to 25 000 people by 2030 instead of 32 000 currently.

6 Drones will also be purchased by the government. Two in 2021 and the four other later.
Finally, the average age of the military is expected to increase from 40 to 35 years by 2030 according to the minister of defence Steven Vandeput (N-VA).


Info translated from rtbf.be and the BAF Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Belgian-Air-Fo ... 3/?fref=ts
RAF Tornados left in service = 37 :( 436 ish days left in service
GR4 =31, GR4(T) =6
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Re: Belgian Air Force to get 34 new fighters

Postby Mike » Tue Dec 22, 2015 6:33 pm

"Finally, the average age of the military is expected to increase from 40 to 35 years"

The translator got that bit wrong. :lol:
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Re: Belgian Air Force to get 34 new fighters

Postby Gary » Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:18 am

Bringing this thread back

F-35s for Belgium? U.S. State Department appear to think so. It was down to F-35 & Typhoon

U.S. State Department clears potential (and likely) sale of F-35s to Belgium
By: Valerie Insinna   2 hours ago

WASHINGTON — The U.S. State Department on Friday pre-emptively approved a sale of F-35s to Belgium, opening the door to an expedited purchase once the country selects its future fighter.

The proposed deal, worth an estimated $6.53 billion, would cover 34 F-35A conventional takeoff and landing models made by Lockheed Martin and 38 F-135 engines manufactured by Pratt & Whitney.

It also includes electronic warfare systems, communications gear, a full mission trainer and Lockheed’s Autonomic Logistics Information System — which facilitates maintenance, mission planning and logistics — as well as other equipment, the Defense Security Agency stated.

While it’s uncommon for the State Department to green-light a weapons sale ahead of a final decision by a foreign nation, it’s not unheard of, particularly for high-profile deals with close allies. Most recently, the department ok’ed a sale of 18 Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets to Canada this September, but a final agreement never materialized due to a trade dispute.

The F-35 is overwhelmingly considered the favorite for the Belgian fighter competition, which will replace the country’s 54 F-16s with 34 new jets. Should Belgium select the joint strike fighter, the total value of the deal will likely change after negotiations, as DSCA often puts forward a high contract estimate.

Competing against the joint strike fighter are the Dassault Rafale — which the French government is aggressively promoting — and the Eurofighter Typhoon, which is manufactured by a consortium of BAE Systems, Leonardo and Airbus.

The field had been much more crowded at the start of 2017, with Boeing vying to sell more Super Hornets and Swedish aerospace manufacturer Saab putting forward the Gripen E.

However, Boeing withdrew from the contest in April, saying that it could not fairly compete in a matchup skewed toward the F-35.

Then in July, the Swedish government crushed Saab’s chances, with Sweden its decision to abstain from the competition due to the fact that the government could not meet Belgium’s operational support requirements.

After Saab dropped out, Byron Callan, director of the Capital Alpha Partners investment consulting firm, predicted the F-35 would win.

“As one of the four countries that purchased F-16s in part of the ‘deal of the century’ in 1975, Belgium is the only country that has not yet reached a decision. Denmark, the Netherlands and Norway have all selected the Lockheed Martin F-35,” he wrote in an emailed newsletter.


Info from https://www.defensenews.com/air/2018/01 ... o-belgium/

At Sanicole last year, F-35 were giving away some great baseball caps with the Belgian roundel on it :thumbs: nothing from Typhoon, F-35 won the PR battle. Unless you count Rafale who absolutely thrashed the others hands down
RAF Tornados left in service = 37 :( 436 ish days left in service
GR4 =31, GR4(T) =6
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Re: Belgian Air Force to get 34 new fighters

Postby Blackcat1 » Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:24 pm

In my opinion Rafale looks the best out of all of them lol
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