Lockheed Martin F-35A Wins Over Rafale and Typhoon for Belgian Jet Fighter?

Lockheed Martin F-35A Wins Over Rafale and Typhoon for Belgian Jet Fighter? The US Department of State UU It has approved a possible military sale overseas of 34 Lockheed Martin F-35As to Belgium for an estimated value of USD 6.53 billion, the agency announced. Lockheed still needs congressional approval, but the blessing of the State Department moves Lockheed once again closer in its attempt to replace the fleet of 59 F-16A / Bs.

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Lockheed Martin F-35A Wins Over Rafale and Typhoon for Belgian Jet Fighter?

The export package includes 38 Pratt & Whitney F135 engines, including four spare parts, plus the complete set of electronic warfare and command and control systems, together with the "autonomous" logistic and logistics services of Lockheed.

Last spring, Boeing withdrew from the USD 4 billion combat competition in Brussels, saying "we do not see the opportunity to compete in a truly level playing field with the ... F / A -18 Super Hornet. "

The list of possible candidates for Belgium was further reduced in July, when Saab withdrew its Gripen E. Saab cited Belgium's need for extensive operational support from the nation it delivered, a feat that Sweden could not fulfill under the policy current exterior.

That leaves Lockheed, along with Dassault Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon. The latter presented a proposal to the Belgian government in October. Meanwhile, the French government offered an economic return of USD 24.4 billion for 20 years to Belgium in exchange for buying the Rafale, the Brussels Times reported.
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