Belgium an­nounces new fighter pro­gramme

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - World Aviation & Defence News -

The Bel­gian Gov­ern­ment has launched an ac­qui­si­tion pro­gramme to re­place its age­ing F-16s, which in­volves pro­cure­ment of 34 mul­ti­role com­bat air­craft to re­place the 54 F-16s presently in ser­vice. The Bel­gian Gov­ern­ment plan to con­clude an in­ter-gov­ern­men­tal pur­chase agree­ment to re­place their F-16s be­fore the end of 2030, with a de­ci­sion on the new air­craft to be made by 2018. In June 2014, an RFI was sent to five gov­ern­ment agen­cies con­cern­ing the Rafale, Gripen E, F-35A, Typhoon and F/A-18E/F. The next stage in the pro­gramme will be the is­suance of a Re­quest for Gov­ern­ment Pro­posal (RfGP).

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