Belgium Formally Joins Lockheed Martin F-35 Programme

Lockheed Martin F-35A

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Lockheed Martin nearly USD5 billion in contracts related to the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), including one that formally introduces Belgium into the multinational programme.

A USD22.9 million award was made to formally bring Belgium into the programme. “This is part of the government of Belgium’s USD5.1 billion agreement with the US government for the procurement of the F-35 air system,” the notification said, adding that work is expected to be complete by September 2023. Belgium is the latest JSF customer, with 34 F-35As to be delivered between 2023 and 2030.

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