Belgium’s decision to choose the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter seemed to be more of an inevitability than a surprise when ministers announced it Oct. 25. The country’s defense minister, Steven Vandeput, said the U.S. fighter had won “financially, operationally and industrially” and would allow Belgium to be a “reliable and united partner” of the European Union (EU) and NATO. But not everyone sees it that way. The European defense industry ...

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