Belgium

Belgium’s first F-35A is now in production

The Belgian Ministry of Defence revealed that the manufacturing process of the country’s first F-35A Lightning II has begun at Lockheed Martin’s production facility in Fort Worth, Texas, on November 14

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Belgium transitions from C-130 Hercules to A400M Atlas

As Belgium pushes for ward with the integration of its fresh fleet of Airbus A400Ms into a fully operational ser vice, Joe Campion meets the unit’s commanding officer to find out more

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Nigerien C-130H completes overhaul in Brussels

One of the Niger Air Force’s newest Lockheed C-130H Hercules has completed a major refurbishment by Sabena Technics at the firm’s facility in Brussels, Belgium

Lightning strikes Belgian F-16BM during training sortie

A Lockheed Martin F-16BM Block 20 (MLU) Fighting Falcon was forced to make a precautionary landing at Ostend-Bruges International Airport after being struck by lightning on September 14

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Belgium's 1st Fighter Squadron 'Stingers' celebrates 105 years of service

As the Belgian Air Force ‘Stingers’ Squadron celebrates 105 years of service, Combat Aircraft Journal reports on its role and how it is preparing for the arrival of the fifth-generation F-35A Lightning II

In-Flight Interview: Commander of Belgium's new A400M Squadron

Less than two years after receiving its first Airbus A400M, CT-01 in October 2020, 20 Squadron of the 15 Wing, Belgian Air Force, received its penultimate aircraft, CT-07 on May 11 2022. Maj Steven Vandervorst explains from CT-07's flightdeck what the unit has been up to since taking delivery of the A400M from Airbus.

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What happened to the 'Thistle Squadron'?

The so-called ‘Thistle Squadron’ was the first in the Belgium Air Force earmarked to receive the new Hawker Hurricane. Col Michel ‘Mike’ Terlinden and Daniel Brackx recount the story

Belgium deploys A400M for first international exercise

The Belgian Air Component conducted its first international A400M exercise during October 11-25, this is after a detachment of 148 military personnel and two Airbus A400M Atlas transport aircraft from the 15th Airlift Wing participated in the Airlift Block Training (ABT) at Pisa Air Base, Italy

Belgium sends multiple airlift assets to assist Kabul evacuations

Due to the ongoing situation in Afghanistan, the Belgian government approved evacuation operations from Kabul International Airport by Belgian defence air assets

Belgium resumes F-16 operations after engine woes

The Belgian Air Component has gradually resumed the operation of its F-16AM/BM (MLU) Fighting Falcon fleet, after it was grounded earlier this month due to the discovery of a defect with the multi-role fighter’s powerplant