U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT APPROVES THE SALE OF F-35 TO BELGIUM

The F-35 is considered the favorite for the Belgian fighter competition, which will replace the country’s 54 F-16 fighter jets.

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The U.S. State Department approves a possible Foreign Military Sale to Belgium of thirty-four F-35A fighters

January 18, 2018 - The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Belgium of thirty-four (34) F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Conventional Take Off and Landing aircraft for an estimated cost of $6.53 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

The Government of Belgium has requested to buy thirty-four (34) F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) aircraft, and thirty-eight (38) Pratt & Whitney F-135 engines (34 installed, 4 spares). Also included are Electronic Warfare Systems; Command, Control, Communications, Computer and Intelligence/Communications, Navigational, and Identification (C4I/CNI); Autonomic Logistics Global Support System (ALGS); Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS); Full Mission Trainer; Weapons Employment Capability, and other Subsystems, Features, and Capabilities; F-35 unique infrared flares; Reprogramming center; F-35 Performance Based Logistics; software development/integration; aircraft ferry and tanker support; support equipment; tools and test equipment; communications equipment; spares and repair parts; personnel training and training equipment; publications and technical documents; U.S. Government and contractor engineering and logistics personnel services; and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated total case value is $6.53 billion.

The F-35 is considered the favorite for the Belgian fighter competition, which will replace the country’s 54 F-16 fighters. Currently the JSF has to challenge only the Eurofighter Typhoon because Sweden has renounced the competition and France has not yet officially replied to the Belgian Government.

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