Belgian Defence

Belgian Army to invest in new helicopters and missiles

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In 2016 the Belgian Government decided on a new strategic plan that provided for investments in new equipment (among others 34 F-35 fighter jets)...

Belgian Air Component celebrates Air Cadet Wings handover at Beauvechain, Belgium

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This Wednesday (24 November), at the Beauvechain base, Belgium the 'Air Cadets' wings were handed over to the class of 2020 and 2021. Due...

All civil and military air traffic controllers to use the same system to manage Belgian airspace

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EUROCONTROL’s Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC), the Belgian Ministry of Defence and the Belgian air navigation service provider skeyes are jointly developing a...

[Willerzie, Belgium] Special Air Service (SAS) Commemoration with multiple Belgian Special Forces jumps

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Special Air Service (SAS) Commemoration with multiple Belgian Special Forces jumps Authors: Benoit Denet & Martin Gillet. Lest we forget. Willerzie, Belgium, Monday September 13th. Willerzie (in Walloon...

Belgian Defence evacuates 400 people from Kabul, repatriates 233 from Islamabad to Brussels

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Operation Red Kite in numbers Since 20 August, Belgian Defence has been conducting evacuation flights from Afghanistan. Also this weekend, Defence set up an airlift...

Air Belgium and TUIfly Belgium might participate in repatriation flights from Afghanistan

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Belgian Defence has reached an agreement with Air Belgium and TUIfly Belgium to carry out the repatriation of Belgian nationals from Afghanistan to Belgium,...

Three Belgian Air Force aircraft take off destination Islamabad; evacuation mission on Friday

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BELGA PHOTO ERIC LALMAND This morning, two Belgian Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft departed from the military airport of Melsbroek, Belgium, with destination Islamabad,...

Belgium sends one A400M and two C130 planes to Kabul for an evacuation mission

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The Belgian government has given the green light for the deployment of three Air Force transport aircraft (one new Airbus A400M and two C-130H...

Belgian Defence helps Tunisia with emergency aid against COVID-19 loaded on Tunisian C-130

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A Tunisian C-130J (tail number TS-MTL / Z21122) left for Tunisia on Thursday, July 22, with equipment to help the country cope with the...

Aérospatiale SE-316B Alouette III withdrawn from service for Belgian Air Force

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On this Thursday 8 July 2021 at Koksijde Air Base, the Belgian Air Force will retire the last two Alouette III helicopters. A third aircraft...

Dutch Chinook helicopters to the rescue to extinguish the forest fire in the Brecht (Belgium) nature reserve

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This Friday morning, a fire broke out in the military area of ​​Brecht, north of Brasschaat (Belgium), during a shooting exercise by the 11th...

The mysterious diversion of a TUIfly Belgium military charter to Doha, Qatar

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We reported earlier that TUIfly Belgium had been contracted by Belgian Defence to operate military charters after the HiFly Airbus A321 formerly leased by...

The Belgian Air Force F-16 fleet is operational again

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The Belgian Air Force has gradually resumed F-16 flights this week. As of Sunday, March 14, the F-16 detachment in Jordan was operational again...

[Belgian Air Component] 50 years in Belgian service: Tribute to the Mighty Hercules with a Celebration paint scheme

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50 Years in Belgian Service: Tribute to the Mighty Hercules with a Celebration paint scheme Authors: Benoit Denet & Martin Gillet, reporting from Meslbroek Air...

[Belgian Air Component] Belgian pilot “VRIESKE” celebrates 5,000 flight hours on F-16

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Belgian pilot "VRIESKE" celebrates 5,000 flight hours on F-16 Authors: Benoit Denet & Martin Gillet, reporting from Kleine-Brogel Air Base "KB" (EBBL). Kleine-Brogel, March 5th 2021....

A Belgian Air Force F-16 pilot will be the 6th in the world to score 5,000 hours on the aircraft

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Captain Steven De Vries, a Belgian Air Force pilot, will score 5,000 flight hours for the first time on Friday in a training flight...

[Belgian Air Component] First Visit of the Minister of Defence to the Air Component in Beauvechain

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First Visit of the Belgian Minister of Defence to the Air Component in Beauvechain Authors: Benoit Denet & Martin Gillet, reporting from Beauvechain Air Base...

New cooperation with civil aviation sector (particularly TUI fly Belgium) enables dispatch of Belgian military personnel to areas of operations

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  The Belgian military air transport fleet is currently undergoing a transformation. The new A400M planes are gradually replacing the C-130H fleet. Belgian Defence has...

Belgian Air Force formation flight to honour healthcare workers cancelled due to bad weather

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Belgium's air tour of honour scheduled for Thursday by the Belgian Defence as a sign of encouragement for medical staff will not take place...

TUI fly to operate charter flights for Belgian Defence after its leased Airbus A321 returns to owner

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We mentioned earlier that the Belgian Air Force was returning to its owner the Airbus A321 that it had on dry-lease from HiFly. The...

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