Get Ready, Russia: 34 More F-35s Could Be Headed to Europe

    Dave Majumdar

    Security,

    If the sale goes through, the deal would be worth some $ 6.53 billion.

    The U.S. State Department has notified the U.S. Congress that it has approved the possible sale of some 34 Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to Belgium. If the sale goes through, the deal would be worth some $ 6.53 billion.

    “The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Belgium of thirty-four (34) F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Conventional Take Off and Landing aircraft for an estimated cost of $ 6.53 billion,” the State Department said in a statement released on Jan. 19. “The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.”

    The arms package would include not only the 34 jets, but also thirty-eight Pratt & Whitney F-135 engines—34 installed and four spares.  The potential sale would also include various electronic warfare systems; command, control, communications, computer and intelligence/communications, navigational, and identification (C4I/CNI) hardware; Autonomic Logistics Global Support System (ALGS); Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS); Full Mission Trainer; Weapons Employment Capability, and other Subsystems, Features, and Capabilities; F-35 unique infrared flares; Reprogramming center; F-35 Performance Based Logistics; software development/integration and other ancillary equipment and services.

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    The F-35 sale is not a done deal however. The stealthy jet is in a head-to-head competition with rival fighters to win the Belgian contract. The pan-European Eurofighter Typhoon and Dassault Rafale are also in the running to replace Belgium’s 59 Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons.

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