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The Belgian government has started a survey process to pave the way for a program to replace the country’s F-16 fighter fleet.
The Air Combat Capability Successor Program Preparation Survey document, published on Jan. 8, follows on from a survey last June sent to the government agencies requesting information from the five perceived successors: Lockheed Martin’s F-35, the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, the Eurofighter Typhoon, Dassault’s Rafale and the Saab Gripen.
Over 25 pages, the new document outlines what Belgium wants to get out of its new fighter, assessing the operational capabilities, technical and logistical aspects as well as the costs and risks. With that information, the Belgian defense ministry will then be able to ask the government for approval to start the F-16 successor program.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: DuckforcoveR
If they go the SH route, it will most likely be the Advanced Super Hornet, with conformal fuel tanks, some RAM capabilities, and advanced sensors.