Fort Worth, Texas, December 10, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Lockheed Martin [LMT] presented Belgian The first F-35A Lightning II was presented to the Belgian government during a rollout ceremony at Lockheed Martin’s F-35 production facility. This event marks an important milestone in the history of the Belgian Air Force and strengthens the alliance between the Belgian Air Force and the Belgian Air Force. US and Belgiumis an important NATO ally.
“The introduction of the F-35 into the Belgian Air Force will enable us to continue to fulfill all our missions in cooperation with NATO, the EU and other allies and partners for decades to come.” said.Belgian Armed Forces, Admiral Michelle Hoffman.
Building on the F-16’s strong heritage, the F-35 provides the next generation of air power that enables the Belgian Air Force to fulfill NATO missions and protect the Alliance’s vital interests. By serving as the most advanced 21st century security solution, the F-35 connects assets across domains and improves situational awareness. Belgium and its major European partners.
“congratulations Belgium on this important achievement,” said Lt.-Gen. mike schmidt, Program Executive Officer, F-35 Integration Program Office. “The growth of the F-35 is Europe Strengthen international partnerships, interoperability, and warfighting capabilities. And it emphasizes the importance of this aircraft serving as a deterrent against potential adversaries. ”
“With its unparalleled capabilities, connectivity and interoperability, the fifth-generation F-35 will enable the Belgian Air Force to stay ahead of threats for decades to come.” Greg Ulmer, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. “Today’s milestone would not have been possible without the strong partnership and important contributions from the Belgian government and our close partners in industry.”
senior government and military leaders Belgium and US Attended the ceremony. Belgian The recording program requires 34 F-35As. The first aircraft, designated AY-01, will be delivered to the Belgian Air Force next year and will be based at Luke Air Force Base. arizonawhere international F-35 pilot and mechanic training takes place.
The F-35 also creates high-quality, long-term employment opportunities. Belgium. Through the Essential Security Interest (ESI) program, Lockheed Martin brings cutting-edge manufacturing technology and benefits to expand the skills and knowledge of Belgian industry and provide high-tech jobs for Belgians for decades to come. .
The F-35 currently operates at 31 bases around the world. To date, Lockheed Martin has delivered more than 980 F-35s, trained more than 2,250 pilots and 15,125 mechanics, and the F-35 fleet has accumulated more than 768,000 flight hours. Lockheed Martin continues to work with F-35 operators to help allies stay ahead of evolving threats.
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