Belgian Defence

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...

Belgian Air Force quietly retires its last Embraer Regional Jets and its Airbus A321

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The Ministry of Defence on Wednesday bade farewell to the Embraer ERJ fleet, which the 15th Wing of the Air Component had been using...

A 69-year-old man convicted for “pointing” a Belgian F-16 with a laser

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In April 2018, a 69-year-old man of Hechtel (Belgium) was arrested after he "pointed" an F-16 on landing with a laser. The Antwerp Court...

[Belgian Air Component] Inland NH-90 Search And Rescue practice with graduation exercise

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Inland NH-90 Search And Rescue practice with graduation exercise Authors: Benoit Denet & Martin Gillet, reporting from Tournai diving site. December 8th, 2020, the well known NH-90 Search...

Belgian Defence sells Embraer fleet to Amelia

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On 18 November 2020, the first of four Embraer aircraft will be transferred to its new owner. The sale of the four Embraer aircraft...

[Belgian Air Component] Airbus A400M CT-01 arrival at Melsbroek 15th Wing

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A400M CT01 Arrival at Melsbroek 15th Wing Authors: Benoit Denet & Martin Gillet, reporting from Melsbroek Air Base. October 9th 2020, the press was invited for the...

[Belgian Air Component] Handing over of wings ceremony to new pilots within of Air Component

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Handing over of wings ceremony to new pilots within of Air Component. Authors Benoit Denet & Martin Gillet, reporting from Beauvechain Air Base. 30 September 2020, the press was...

[Belgian Air Component] Operation Inherent Resolve : Belgian Defence once again sends F-16s to the Middle East

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Operation Inherent Resolve: Belgian Defence once again sends F-16s to the Middle East Press Conference Debriefing Authors Benoit Denet & Martin Gillet, reporting from Florennes Air Base. 29 September 2020,...

Belgian Defence sends F-16 fighter jets to Middle East again

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This Tuesday 29 September, four General Dynamics F-16s will leave Florennes airbase for the Middle East, as part of the international coalition's operation "Inherent...

[Photo-report – Belgian Air Component] Ministerial update on the future investments totalling €300M for Belgian Defence – Press Conference Debriefing held at Florennes AFB

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Ministerial update on future investments for Belgian Defence Press Conference Debriefing Authors Benoit Denet & Martin Gillet, reporting from Florennes Air Base. Last 18 April 2019, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister,...

[Photo-Report] Pop-up Expo ‘We Make Difference’ : Behind the scenes of the Belgian Air Force

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Pop-up Expo 'We Make Difference' Behind the scenes of the Air Force of today and tomorrow During the summer holidays, from July 6th to August 31st,...

Last flight of the Belgian Air Force’s B-Hunter UAV

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As announced in June, the Israeli-built B-Hunter UAV is now officially retired from service at the Belgian Defence's Air Component. On 28 August 2020,...

Belgian Defence: New functions of General Officers (August 2020 update)

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For immediate release. August 27th 2020 Belgian Defence New functions of General Officers Admiral Michel Hofman, Chief of Defence:  “Due to the departure of several fellow...

[Belgian Air Force][Pictures & Report] Laying of foundation stone for new Airbus A400M hangar by Minister of Defence Philippe Goffin

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Laying of the foundation stone for new Airbus A400M hangar by Minister of Defence Philippe Goffin Text and pictures by Martin Gillet & Benoît Denet On...

[Pics & Interview] Belgian Air Force C-130 Hercules Farewell featuring CH-04 honourably discharged after last flight on 23 July 2020

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C-130 Hercules Farewell featuring CH-04 (msn number 09329-20) honourably discharged after last flight on July 23rd 2020. Text and pictures by Martin Gillet & Benoît...

US approves sale of 29 light torpedoes for Belgium’s frigates and NH-90 helicopters

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The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Belgium of twenty-nine (29) All Up Round...

MQ-9B SkyGuardian: The next generation of remotely piloted aircraft

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The MQ-9B Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) possesses a number of unique advantages not found in manned platforms:...

Belgian Air Force reduces NH-90 TTH use and retires B-Hunter UAV

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Belgian Defence is undergoing profound changes and is facing an extraordinary challenge in the field of human resources. In this context, it was decided...

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