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Combat Aircraft. As had been widely expected, Belgium tapped the next-generation F-35 Lightning II combat aircraft from Lockheed Martin as its preferred alternative to replace the Belgian Air Force's legacy fleet of F-16s.  National news outlet Belga leaked news of the decision days earlier, but confirmation came on October 25, 2018, from Defense Minister Steven Vandeput by way of Twitter.

On January 8, 2015, Belgium took an initial step toward finding an eventual...

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