Belgium looks to purchase 34 F-35 under $6.53 billion contract

WASHINGTON. State Department officials approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Belgium of 34 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) aircraft for an estimated cost of $6.53 billion.

The Government of Belgium has requested to buy 34 Joint Strike Fighter CTOL aircraft, and 38 Pratt & Whitney F-135 engines (34 installed, 4 spares). Also included in the sale are electronic warfare systems; command, control, communications, computer and intelligence/communications, navigational, and identification (C4I/CNI); autonomic logistics global support system (ALGS); autonomic logistics information system (ALIS); full mission trainer; weapons employment capability; F-35 unique infrared flares; reprogramming center; F-35 performance based logistics; software development/integration; aircraft ferry and tanker support; support equipment; tools and test equipment; communications equipment; spares and repair parts; personnel training and training equipment; publications and technical documents; U.S. Government and contractor engineering and logistics personnel services; and other related elements of logistics and program support.

The prime contractors will be Aeronautics Co. in Fort Worth, Texas and Pratt & Whitney Military Engines in East Hartford, Connecticut. This proposal is being offered in the context of a competition. If the proposal is accepted, it is expected that offset agreements will be required.

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