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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] Israeli Air Forces visiting Nörvenich Air Force Base for exercises

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From 17 to 28 August 2020, a large detachment of the IAF was deployed to the Nörvenich base in Western Germany. The exercise named Blue...

[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 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...

Sabena Aerospace and Blue Aerospace awarded Belgian Defence Organisation C-130 fleet contract

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Sabena Aerospace, a BLUEBERRY group company, and Blue Aerospace, a HEICO company, announced today the award of the Belgian Defence C-130 aircraft fleet and...

[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...

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 F-16s take over from The Netherlands for Benelux air surveillance

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On May 14, the Belgian Air Force will resume the Quick Reaction Alert mission from its Dutch colleagues. Since January 1, 2017, Belgium and...

Mission accomplished for the Belgian Air Policing in the Baltic States after 8 months

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Belgian Defence Minister Philippe Goffin will be present at Melsbroek Military Airport this Thursday, April 30 for the return of the Belgian detachment of...

SABCA to supply radomes for General Atomics Aeronautical Systems’ MQ-9B drone

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Belgium-based Société Anonyme Belge de Constructions Aéronautiques is proud to announce that is has been selected by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) to...

Poland signs contract to acquire 32 F-35A fighter jets from Lockheed Martin

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After Belgium, Lockheed Martin registers a new purchase contract in Europe for its F-35 fighter jets with Poland. In today’s signing ceremony, Polish Defence Minister...

Ballistic missiles launched from Iran at several U.S. military facilities inside Iraq

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Several media outlets are reporting that more than a dozen ballistic missiles have been fired from inside Iran at multiple U.S. military facilities inside...

Pentagon and Lockheed Martin reach agreement reducing F-35A cost by 12.8 percent

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The F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin finalised a $34 billion agreement for the production and delivery of 478 F-35s at the lowest...

Ceremony of handing wings to new pilots of the Belgian Air Component

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Under a threatening sky on Wednesday, 2 October at 14:30, the Center of Competence of the Air Component (CC Air) organized the annual ceremony...

[Military Exercises] New Franco-Belgian partnership called “CaMo” (Motorised Capacity) Exercise CELTIC UPRISE 2019 (including Air Support).

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Authors : Benoit Denet / Martin Gillet From September 16 to 27, 2019, the Defence organised the exercise CELTIC UPRISE 2019. This is the first...

41st Sanicole Airshow kicks off with stunning Sunset Program

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On Friday 13th, Sanicole kicked off its 41st edition with a stunning Sunset line up. Established in 1977, the award-winning International Sanicole Airshow plans and...

[Belgium National Day] “National Military Parade (Défilé) with Air Component low level pass”

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Today, 21 July, Belgium celebrates its National Independence Day. The Theme for 2019 is the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation. Festivities will take place all...

[WWII] 75th Anniversary D-Day – Tribute and Remembrance flight over Belgium (Belgian Air Component)

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75th Anniversary D-Day - Tribute & Commemorative flight over Belgium (Belgian Air Component) Pictures Credit : Courtesy of Benoît Denet. This Thursday, June 6th, 2019,...