26 October 2018
The AP reports that the Belgian government has selected the F-35A fighter to replace its “aging fleet of F16s, a decision criticized for its cost when a European alternative was also available.” The F-35A is produced by Lockheed Martin and “several NATO allies, including the neighboring Netherlands, have already picked the US plane too, allowing for more cooperation and synergies across the alliance.” The estimated cost of the 34 aircraft is $4.6 billion. Speaking Thursday, Belgian Vice Premier Alexander De Croo said, “If you want security, you have to contribute to it.” (Image Credit: US Air Force Master Sgt. Donald R. Allen | Wikipedia)
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