The Belgian air force will take a second Dassault Falcon 900 business jet this month. The aircraft will be deployed by 15 Wing's No 21 (VIP) squadron at Melsbroek airbase in Brussels.

The Falcon 900s were chosen to standardise the fleet and keep the spares inventory to a minimum. The twin turbofans will replace two Falcon 20s.

The air force also plans to replace its five Swearingen Merlin III turboprops and three British Aerospace 748s with a single regional jet aircraft variant and is believed to be considering the Fairchild Aerospace 728JET and the Embraer RJ-170.

Source: Flight International