Belgium has opened a $3.85 billion tender Friday for the replacement of its ageing US-built F-16 jet fighter fleet with new multi-role aircraft.
The contract potentially worth 15 billion euros (3.85 billion) over its 40-year lifespan. "The current 54 F-16 fighters will be replaced by 34 new multi-role aircraft," the ministry of defence announced today.
The defense argued that because of technical advances, fewer planes would be needed to meet the same mission. The cost of the 34 aircraft is put at 3.6 billion euros (3.85 billion), with another 1.2 billion euros to cover training and maintenance, ministry spokesman Laurence Mortier said.
Over the planes anticipated 40-year lifespan, the total cost could come to around 15 billion euros, Mortier said. The supplier would likely be named in 2018 but the government had shortlisted five manufacturers in NATO oruropean Union member states, the ministry said.
Lockheed Martin is in talks with the governments of Spain, Switzerland and Belgium to sell its F-35 fighter jets. "We are talking to several other countries - Switzerland, Belgium, Spain," Jeff Babione, Lockheed Martin's F-35 programme leader, told reporters at the Avalon Airshow in Australia Friday
Belgium accompanied by Netherlands will purchase four warships and twelve minesweepers for an approximate two billion euros. Belgium will buy four frigates and twelve minesweepers along with Netherlands
Belgium has decided against supplying arms to Saudi Arabia citing mass executions carried out on Jan 2 and the nations role in Yemeni conflict. “We have rejected the request (for military shipment to Saudi Arabia),” RTBF broadcaster cited Belgiums Flanders Minister-President Geert Bourgeois as saying to the Flemish Parliament Wednesday
The 40th rotation of NATOs Baltic Air Policing mission will take place this week (7 January 2016) in Lithuania and Estonia. Responsibility for the mission will be transferred from Hungary and Germany to Spain and Belgium, demonstrating NATOs enduring solidarity with its Baltic Allies, NATO said in a statement Tuesday Spain will lead the Baltic Air Policing mission for the first four months of 2016 with four Eurofighter Typhoon jets based at Šiauliai, Lithuania
An ability to drop US-made B-61 nuclear bomb besides stealth features that sharply reduce the aircrafts radar signature were the two key factors which made Brussels select the Lockheed Martin F-35 over the Eurofighter Typhoon. A day after Belgium announced a 3
The Belgian government which has all but decided to buy the F-35 fighter jet may insist on some of the equipment abroad the United States-made fighter to be of European Origin. While a formal selection between the Eurofighter Typhoon and the F-35 is awaited, Brussels is tilting in favor of the F-35 with only an announcement awaited, local newspaper De Morgen reported based on information from sources in the know
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Belgium's Council of Ministers approved Thursday proposal submitted by defense ministry to launch a 1.1 billion euros investment program for the purchase of new combat vehicles for the Belgian land forces, in cooperation with France
Boeing has pulled out of Belgian F-16 replacement program and also informed the government that it will not participate in the bidders conference nor respond to the request for proposal (RFP). “We regret that after reviewing the request we do not see an opportunity to compete on a truly level playing field with the extremely capable and cost-effective F/A-18 Super Hornet, the company said in a statement Thursday
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