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Belgium seeks F-16 software upgrade

Belgium has requested a new software upgrade to enhance the capabilities of its Lockheed Martin F-16A/Bs.

Worth a potential $113 million, the proposed Foreign Military Sales deal with the US government would provide Brussels’ Block 15, Mid-Life Upgrade-standard aircraft with enhanced operational flight programme software, Washington’s Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) says. The modification package would also introduce new GPS/INS navigation and communications equipment.

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“The proposed sale of equipment and support for Belgium’s F-16s will support its self-defence needs and enhance the interoperability of these aircraft with those of the United States and other NATO nations,” the DSCA says.

Belgium has a current active fleet of 49 F-16A fighters and 10 B-model trainers, according to Flightglobal’s MiliCAS database, which records these as having been delivered between 1982 and 1991. The nation is also considered a potential future customer for Lockheed's new-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

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