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The F-35: A New Era of Belgian Air Power

With legacy programs like the T-33 Shooting Star, the F-104 Starfighter and the C-130 Hercules, Lockheed Martin has been a partner to Belgium since the 1950s. The foundation of Belgium’s F-35 program is rooted in longstanding, reliable partnerships between Lockheed Martin and Belgian government and industry. ​

With its advanced capabilities of stealth, sensor fusion and network-enabled operations, the F-35  increases the situational awareness of the entire armed forces. Its ability to connect assets across domains and services will ensure full interoperability with key NATO and European partners 

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Program Milestones

2018: Belgium selects the F-35A Lightning II to replace the Belgian Air Component’s fleet of 54 F-16s
2022: Production of the first F-35 for Belgium, AY-01, begins
2023: Belgium is presented with its first F-35 Lightning II, at a ceremony in Fort Worth, TX