BRUSSELS and LONDON — At long last, Belgium is formally beginning its search for a replacement for the air force’s fleet of 54 F-16s. As Defense Minister Pieter De Crem, who appears to have favored upgrading the fleet with Lockheed Martin F-35s, prepares to leave office, the defense ministry has begun collecting information about replacement options. On July 24, the Belgian Ministry of Defense presented its "air combat capability program" to replace the F-16 fighters ...


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