According to the Belgian daily Le Soir , Belgian Defense is considering the possibility of acquiring up to 14 F-35As in addition to the 34 aircraft already ordered. This hypothesis, which remains put into perspective by the political authorities, would be based above all on a request from NATO estimating that 48 modern fighters are necessary to enable Brussels to respect its commitments within the Alliance, while tensions are increasing. growing with Russia.
In his analysis of the situation, Laurent Lagneau of the Opex360 site also mentioned this morning an edifying report from the Belgian Court of Auditors pointing to the continued decline in the level of ambition of the Air component even though he notes an "unfavorable evolution of the global security environment”. In detail, this document deals above all with the difficulties encountered today by the Belgian air force, which is struggling to respect its operational contract (32 fighters permanently available) even though it fields a fleet of 54 F-16s.
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