France and Belgium Discuss A400M Multinational Unit


French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian met his Belgian counterpart, Pieter De Crem, in Brusselson September 3 to discuss greater cooperation between their two countries, including the creation of a multinational A400M unit. Based at Brussels military airport, Melsbroek, the unit would be composed of the seven Belgian and one Luxembourg A400Ms, plus two each from France and Germany.

 Belgian Defense photo by Malek Azoug

 The two ministers also discussed the possibility of joint training of pilots of the NH90 helicopter being acquired by both countries. France and Belgium intend to extend their already-existing cooperation on pilot training to other armed services.

Another area of cooperation discussed by the two ministers was non-combatant evacuation operations requiring the deployment of special forces.

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