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The Belgian Air Component
Belgian Air Component
(Dutch: Luchtcomponent, French: Composante air) is the air arm of the Belgian Armed Forces,[1][2] and until January 2002 it was officially known as the Belgian Air Force
Belgian Air Force
(Dutch: Belgische Luchtmacht; French: Force aérienne belge). The Belgian military aviation was founded in 1909 and is one of the world's oldest air services. The commander is Major General
Major General
aviator Frederik Vansina, appointed on 23 July 2009.[3]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Foundation and early years 1.2 World War I

1.2.1 Aircraft procurement difficulties 1.2.2 Operational summary

1.3 Between the world wars 1.4 World War II 1.5 The Cold War 1.6 Post-Cold War reforms – COMOPSAIR 1.7 Retired aircraft 1.8 1990s 1.9 2000s 1.10 2010s

1.10.1 Joint air policing

2 Current Structure 3 Aircraft

3.1 Current inventory

4 Future 5 See also 6 Notes 7 Bibliography 8 External links

History[edit] Foundation and early years[edit] The Belgian military aviation was founded in 1909 as a branch of the Belgian Army, carrying the name Compagnie des Ouvriers et Aérostiers.[4] King Albert's interest in the military use of aircraft was the main impetus for its formation. Coincidentally, in the civil aviation sector, Baron
Baron
Pierre de Caters
Pierre de Caters
earned the first civil pilot's brevet that same year. Caters would promptly establish an aviation school. At approximately the same time, the War Ministry followed the French military's example and had pilots earn a civil pilot's brevet before their military one.[5] In 1910, three Belgian lieutenants earned their pilot's brevets at the school, paying their own fees. Two of the artillery lieutenants were Baudouin Montens d'Oosterwyck, who earned Brevet No. 19 on 30 September, and Alfred Sarteel, granted No. 23 on 10 November. The third lieutenant, Georges Nelis, was the new force's first aviation candidate, gaining Brevet No. 28 on 21 December. An aircraft was personally purchased for him.[5] In spring of 1911, the new air force established its military aviation school with five pilots, two mechanics, and a woodworker. It received its first aircraft via Baron
Baron
Caters, who gave the aircraft to King Albert, who in turn presented it to the school.[5] On 12 September 1912, pilot Lieutenant Nelis and observer Sous Lieutenant Stellingwerff were the first Europeans to fire a machine gun from an aircraft; while Nelis brought the aircraft low, Stellingwerff put some bullets through a sheet staked out on the ground. They were disciplined for their efforts. Nelis then accompanied Capitaine Commandant Émile Mathieu to England
England
during November 1913 to demonstrate aerial use of the Lewis machine gun
Lewis machine gun
at Hendon
Hendon
and Aldershot; as a result, the British adopted the Lewis, although the Belgians did not. Belgium
Belgium
entered World War I with aircraft tasked solely for reconnaissance missions.[6] World War I[edit]

The first Belgian airship Belgique

By the time of Belgium's entry into the First World War on 4 August 1914, the military aviation branch, now called the Aviation Militaire Belge, consisted of four squadrons, each consisting of four 80-horsepower Henri Farman
Henri Farman
aircraft, although Escadrilles III and IV were still forming. A truck was assigned to each squadron, along with a fifth truck serving as a mobile workshop. Each squadron had a commander, five pilots, and six observers, with all officers seconded from parent units. As a result, most of the new aviators were from the Engineers and Artillery components of the Belgian armed forces. As the war began, a fifth squadron was created, staffed with civilian pilots called to the colors and equipped with Bleriots.[7] Sous Lieutenant Henri Crombez flew one of the first war patrols, in a Deperdussin racer on 4 August 1914 above Liège.[8] Adjutant Behaeghe was the first to engage an enemy, a few days later. On 26 September, the Belgian air crew of Sous Lieutenant de Petrowski and Sergeant Benselin mortally wounded a German pilot with a rifle bullet and forced his Taube to land at Sint-Agatha-Berchem; if they had submitted a claim for this victory, its approval would have marked history's first air-to-air combat victory.[9] On 3 January 1915, two machine guns supplied by British were fitted to two Belgian aircraft, making a dual effort against the foe possible; these were Belgium's first dedicated fighter planes. In February, thirteen of the Belgian airmen flew 28 offensive patrols; their first dogfight was fought on the 26th, with ten Albatroses against three Belgian Farmans. On 26 March, Sous Lieutenant Boschmans sent a German two-seater into a steep dive when he seemed to hit the pilot; the German was not seen to either crash or land. This was the Belgian aviators' first victory claim.[10] In April, Lieutenant Fernand Jacquet
Fernand Jacquet
mounted a machine gun on his pusher aircraft and sought out the enemy. On the 17th, he and his observer (Lieutenant Henri Vindevoghel) scored Belgium's first confirmed aerial victory, sending an Albatros reconnaissance aircraft down in flames over Roeselare. Apparently at about the same time, Adjutant José Orta and Sous Lieutenant Louis de Burlet were the first to attack an enemy observation balloon when they dropped three small bombs on a gasbag over Houthulst. Luckily for them, they missed; success would probably have blown them out of the sky.[10]

Sopwith Camel
Sopwith Camel
in the colours of the Belgian 1st Squadron

On 18 January 1916, the decision was made to form a dedicated fighter squadron. On 22 February 1916, Escadrille I became the 1ère Escadrille de Chasse. It consisted of newly supplied Nieuport 10s and one obsolete Farman two-seater. In August, the new squadron would upgrade to Nieuport 11s, and Escadrille V was turned into the 5ème Escadrille de Chasse. The new unit was the first to mount an offensive formation for the new air force; on 15 February 1917, they flew an offensive patrol of seven. By this time, the AMB had grown to 44 aircraft, including 21 fighters. At this point, individual aircraft bore personal markings affixed by their pilots, but no unit designations.[11] In the summer of 1917, the AMB was allotted an active role in Allied aviation operations at the beginning of the Third Battle of Ypres. In March 1918, the AMB matured into a Groupe de Chasse. At this time, the role of the Escadrilles de Chasse was finally focused on their operation strictly as fighter units. There was a sorting out of pilots into fighter or reconnaissance roles. Not all fighter pilots went into the new fighter units; as of 1 May, 22 remained with reconnaissance units to fly escort missions. The King insisted that Jacquet be given the command of the Group. The newly organized fighter wing contained the two fighter escadrilles; however, 1ère Escadrille de Chasse became 9ème Escadrille de Chasse, and 5ème Escadrille de Chasse became 10ème Escadrille de Chasse. The 11ème Escadrille de Chasse was founded on 28 May to join them. By the start of the Allies final offensive in September 1918, the AMB was incorporated in the Allied aviation effort, and could send 40-plus aircraft into the air at one time. In its short span of service, the Groupe fought over 700 aerial combats and was credited with 71 confirmed and 50 probable victories.[12] Aircraft procurement difficulties[edit] In June 1916 the nascent air force had received newer aircraft from the French in both single and double-seat versions of the Nieuport 10. The Belgians would continue to upgrade their aircraft throughout the war, though through their dependence on French manufacturers they became the stepchildren of the Allied effort from 1916 onwards.[13] The introduction dates of various types, compared to the date of their acquisition by the Belgians, tells the tale. The Franco-American Lafayette Escadrille
Lafayette Escadrille
had Nieuport 16s as early as May 1916;[14] the Belgians got them at the end of the year. The Nieuport 17
Nieuport 17
came into service with the French as early as June 1916, but the Belgians received so few that in June 1917 they were still operating all their earlier Nieuports. They then contracted for newer Nieuport 23s, which were basically up-engined Nieuport 17s. Spad VIIs had entered French service on 2 September 1916; the Belgians first received them almost an entire year later, with the first one on board on 22 August 1917. In September 1917, Belgium
Belgium
had the Hanriot HD.1
Hanriot HD.1
supplied to it the year after it was introduced. Spad XIIIs also came on line that month, but would not show up in Belgian inventory until the next year. Sopwith Camels first went into service in May 1917 and the AMB received its first one on 29 November 1917.[15] The AMB did make one attempt to design and build its own aircraft. However the Ponnier M1 was not good enough for production, and the ten or so manufactured ended up with clipped wings as powered "Penguin" rollers for training rookie pilots.[16] Operational summary[edit] One of its flying ace pilots, Willy Coppens, became the top ranking balloon buster of World War I, as well as one of the war's top aces. Four other pilots from the tiny force also became aces with it: Andre de Meulemeester,[17] Edmond Thieffry,[18] Jan Olieslagers,[19] and Fernand Jacquet.[20] A sixth Belgian, Adolphe DuBois d'Aische, became the war's oldest ace while in French service.[21] The fledgling air force was entrusted with flying both King Albert and Queen Elizabeth over the battle front at times.[22] Between the world wars[edit] During the interwar period, the Belgian Air Force
Belgian Air Force
flew the Breguet 19. Some efforts were made to acquire aircraft from local production, such as those by Stampe et Vertongen
Stampe et Vertongen
and Renard. They also evaluated native designs like the ACAZ C.2
ACAZ C.2
and LACAB GR.8, none of which entered mass production however. World War II[edit]

Belgian Fairey Firefly II, 1931

At the start of World War II, the Army
Army
Air Force had three active Air Force Regiments. Aircraft which were used by those regiments were the Renard R-31
Renard R-31
and R-32, the Fiat CR.42, the Hawker Hurricane, the Gloster Gladiator, the Fairey Fox, and the Fairey Battle. These were massacred by the much superior German Luftwaffe in the German invasion of May 1940. Before the outbreak of the war Belgium
Belgium
also sought to equip the Aviation Militaire with foreign designs, ordering production licences in Poland
Poland
and France
France
and aircraft in the USA. However, the acquired licences could not be used until May 1940 and the aircraft produced in the USA were eventually delivered to France
France
and to the United Kingdom. After the surrender of Belgium
Belgium
on 28 May 1940, a very small Belgian Air Force in exile was created in Great Britain as the Belgian section of the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
Volunteer Reserve. This small force was active within the British Royal Air Force, and its squadrons were equipped with the Supermarine Spitfire
Supermarine Spitfire
and Hawker Typhoon. The Cold War[edit] See also: Structure of the Belgian Armed Forces
Belgian Armed Forces
in 1989 § Air Force, and Second Allied Tactical Air Force On 15 October 1946, the Belgian military aviation was turned into an autonomous force, independent of the Belgian Army. From September 1953 to 1960, the Ecole de Pilotage Avancé ("Advanced Pilots' School") operated Harvards from the Kamina
Kamina
military base in the Belgian Congo.[23] Seemingly about 60 Harvards were at the base. Post-Cold War reforms – COMOPSAIR[edit]

Agusta A109
Agusta A109
of the Air Component

At the beginning of the 1990s, the end of the Cold War caused the Belgian government to restructure the Belgian Armed Forces
Belgian Armed Forces
in order to cope with the changed threats. The Belgian Air Force
Belgian Air Force
was hit hard and saw its strength more than halved with the disbanding of the 3rd Tactical Wing in Bierset (1994); the disbanding of the 1st Fighter Wing in Beauvechain; the 9th Training Wing in Sint-Truiden Air Base; and the Elementary Flying School in Goetsenhoven (1996). In 2002, the Belgian government decided to emulate Canada
Canada
and impose a "single structure" on its armed forces in which the independent Belgian Air Force
Belgian Air Force
ceased to exist. The Belgian Air Component (COMOPSAIR being the HQ) consists of the 2nd Tactical Wing in Florennes Air Base
Florennes Air Base
and the 10th Tactical Wing in Kleine Brogel Air Base, both flying F-16s in four squadrons. Out of the 160 F-16s originally bought by Belgium, only 105 were upgraded; with further reductions to 72 aircraft in 2005; and planned to 60 by 2012. The 1st Wing at Beauvechain
Beauvechain
Air Base is assigned for the training of pilots, using the piston-powered Aermacchi SF.260
Aermacchi SF.260
for elementary training, and the Alpha Jet
Alpha Jet
for advanced training. Advanced combat training is done on F-16's at Kleine Brogel.[24] COMOPSAIR still operates the Lockheed C-130 Hercules
C-130 Hercules
in the 15th Air Transport Wing based at Melsbroek Air Base, planning to replace them by seven Airbus A400M
Airbus A400M
transport aircraft. VIPs are transported with Embraer 135/145 jets,[25] Dassault 20/900, and the Airbus A321. The Sea King SAR helicopters and the Alouette III helicopters will be active for years. They will be replaced by NH-90s (4 NFH + 4 TTH). In 2004, as part of the unified structure, the Army
Army
Aviation units of the Wing Heli
Wing Heli
were transferred to the COMOPSAIR. These contain the Agusta A109
Agusta A109
attack helicopter, and the Alouette II training and recce helicopter. In 2005, the Belgian Alpha Jets moved to Cazaux in France to continue the Initial Operational Training, while the Advanced Jet Training was done on French Alpha Jets at Tours. As from 2013 both Advanced Jet Training as well as Initial Operational Training are completed in Cazaux in France. Within the framework of its commitments within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO, Belgium
Belgium
has assigned its 72 F-16s to NATO
NATO
purposes. Two squadrons with a total of 16 aircraft have been designated for use by the Rapid Reaction Forces. In February 2008, Defense Minister Pieter De Crem
Pieter De Crem
announced that due to increasing problems and poor serviceability, the two A310s were to be replaced as soon as possible by two aircraft in the same class. An Airbus A330
Airbus A330
was dry-leased to take their place till March 2014 where it was replaced by an Airbus A321. On September 1, 2010, the Wing Heli in Bierset was disbanded and the Agusta A109
Agusta A109
helicopters moved to Beauvechain
Beauvechain
Air Base to become 1st Wing. The SF260 squadrons became part of the Basic Flying Training School. On May 24, 2011, it was reported that the two retired Airbus A310
Airbus A310
aircraft have been sold to the Brussels-based company MAD Africa for the amount of 700,000 euros. The company then sold them on to the Dutch Van Vliet transport company, who in their turn will transfer the aircraft to an as yet unspecified Abu Dhabi-based operator.[citation needed] Retired aircraft[edit]

T6 Harvard Mk 4 on display at Ursel Air Base

A Belgian S-58 on lift off

A F-104G Starfighter on the taxi way

A Belgian Fouga Magister

Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes

Combat Aircraft

Fairey Battle United Kingdom bomber

14[26]

Fairey Fox United Kingdom light bomber II/III/VI/VIII 115[26]

Fiat CR.42 Italy fighter

23[26]

Gloster Gladiator United Kingdom fighter

15[26]

Supermarine Spitfire United Kingdom fighter FR Mk XIV 53[27]

Gloster Meteor United Kingdom fighter F.4/NF.11

the NF.11 served as a night fighter[28]

Hawker Hurricane United Kingdom fighter Mk I 11[26] license built by SABCA[28]

Avro CF-100 Canuck Canada interceptor Mk 5 53[29] In service from 1957 to 1964

Republic F-84 United States fighter-bomber F-84E/G [28]

Republic F-84F [28] United States fighter-bomber

Lockheed F-104 United States Interceptor F-104G 100[30] license built by SABCA

Mirage 5 France bomber BA 63[30]

Reconnaissance

Mirage 5 France reconnaissance BR 27[30]

Renard R.31 Belgium observation

19[26]

Auster AOP.6 United Kingdom observation

22[30] in service from 1947 to 1955

Republic F-84F[28] United States reconnaissance

Transport

Douglas C-54[28] United States transport

Fairchild C-119[28] United States transport

Boeing 727 United States VIP 100QC 2 obtained from Sabena
Sabena
[30]

Helicopters

Sikorsky S-58 United States SAR

11[30] replaced with the Westland Sea King

Trainer Aircraft

Lockheed T-33 United States primary trainer T-33A 12[30]

Fouga CM.170 France jet trainer

40[30]

Lockheed F-104 United States conversion trainer TF-104G 12[30] license built by SABCA

Mirage 5 France conversion trainer BD 16[30]

SIAI-Marchetti SF.260[30] Italy basic trainer

1990s[edit] In January 1991, 18 Mirage 5
Mirage 5
aircraft of the 3rd Tactical Wing were deployed to Turkey's Diyarbakır
Diyarbakır
air base. During this operation, Belgian aircraft carried out several flights along the Iraqi border. After this operation the obsolete Mirage 5s were phased out. On 15 July 1996, a C-130 with serial CH-06 carrying 37 members of the Dutch Army
Army
Fanfare Band and four Belgian crew members crashed at Eindhoven after a bird strike while executing a go-around, resulting in the loss of power to two engines. 34 passengers were killed, and only 7 survived. The accident is known in the Netherlands
Netherlands
as the Herculesramp. From October 1996, the Belgian Air Force
Belgian Air Force
cooperated with the Dutch Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
in the "Deployable Air Task Force" in patrolling former Yugoslavian airspace. F-16s of the 2nd and 10th Tactical Wings, operating from the Italian bases of Villafranca and Amendola, were assigned to missions insuring the control of a No-Fly Zone over Yugoslavia, and providing the air support necessary for UN and NATO troops. Between March 24 and June 10, 1999, twelve Belgian F-16s carried out 679 combat sorties – the first time since the second World War that Belgian aircraft took part in active war operations in enemy territory – against Serbia
Serbia
during the Kosovo
Kosovo
crisis. The last Belgian F-16
F-16
detachment left Italy
Italy
in August 2001. 2000s[edit] On 29 March 2004, four F-16s from Kleine Brogel were transferred under NATO's Baltic Air Policing
Baltic Air Policing
mission to the Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania
Lithuania
for three months, where they were employed in monitoring the Lithuanian, Latvian, and Estonian skies. In 2005, the Helicopter Wing (WHeli – HeliW) deployed four A-109 (including one Medevac) in Tuzla, Bosnia. In July, four F-16s deployed to Afghanistan
Afghanistan
to support the NATO
NATO
International Security Assistance Force.[31] From June to October 2005, the 80th UAV Squadron deployed its B-Hunter in Tuzla.[32][33] In 2006, Belgian Hunter unmanned air vehicles deployed to the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Democratic Republic of the Congo
as part of the EU EUFOR
EUFOR
peacekeeping mission. At the same time, the Helicopter Wing (WHeli – HeliW) deployed three A-109 (including 1 Medevac) in Mostar, Bosnia, in Operation Blue Bee.[34] On 1 December 2006 the Belgian Air Component
Belgian Air Component
deployed again under Baltic Air Policing
Baltic Air Policing
mission four F-16
F-16
MLU aircraft to Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania, to defend the airspace of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.[35] From August 2008, four F-16s were deployed to Kandahar in Afghanistan in support of the Dutch land forces.[36] In March 2011, Belgium
Belgium
deployed six F-16
F-16
fighters to Araxos in Greece, in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn, to support the NATO
NATO
operations over Libya.[37] The aircraft were already at the base as part of a joint exercise and were transferred to NATO
NATO
command. Up to June 2011, the aircraft had flown over 1,000 hours over Libya and attacked various military installations and targets.

The display F-16AM arrives at the 2017 RIAT, England

2010s[edit] On 12 September 2011 a Wikileaks document showed a diplomatic cable from the American ambassador and the Minister of Defence Pieter De Crem that Belgium
Belgium
is interested in buying off-the-shelf Lockheed F-35 Lightnings by 2020.[38][39][40] In 2013 the Belgian Air Force
Belgian Air Force
supported French operations in Mali providing Medevac helicopter support with two A-109 helicopters and two C-130 Hercules
C-130 Hercules
in a tactical air transport role. On 2 September 2013, four F-16
F-16
Fighting Falcon fighter-jets of the Royal Belgian Air Force
Belgian Air Force
landed at the Šiauliai Air Base to take charge of NATO's Air Policing mission over the Baltic states.[41][42] Between October 2014 and July 2015 six Lockheed Martin F-16AM Fighting Falcons were deployed under Operation Desert Falcon to Muwaffaq Salti Air Base as part of military intervention against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.[43] Joint air policing[edit] On 4 March 2015, the Belgian and Dutch ministers of defence, along with the ambassador of Luxembourg
Luxembourg
to the Netherlands, signed an agreement on joint air policing. Starting mid-2017, the Belgian Air Component and the Royal Netherlands Air Force
Royal Netherlands Air Force
will take turns keeping two F-16s on quick reaction alert (QRA) defending the airspace of all three Benelux
Benelux
countries. The agreement could allow the Belgian minister of defence to order a Dutch aircraft to use lethal force over Belgian airspace, and vice versa. Luxembourg, while currently covered by Belgian QRA, does not allow the use of lethal force over its territory.[44] Current Structure[edit]

Structure of the Belgian Air Component
Belgian Air Component
in 2017 (click to enlarge)

COMOPSAIR Headquarter in Evere[45]

Air Traffic Control Center in Semmerzake Control and Reporting Center in Glons 1st Wing at Beauvechain
Beauvechain
Air Base

15th Squadron (Operational Conversion and Training Unit) (AW109BA Hirundo) 17th Squadron (AW109BA Hirundo) 18th Squadron (NH90 TTH) Force Protection Squadron

2nd Tactical Wing at Florennes Air Base

1st Squadron (F-16AM Falcon) 350th Squadron (F-16AM Falcon) Maintenance Group Defense and Support Group

10th Tactical Wing at Kleine Brogel Air Base

31st Squadron (F-16AM Falcon) 349th Squadron (F-16AM Falcon) Operational Conversion Unit (F-16BM Falcon) Maintenance Group Defense and Support Group

15th Air Transport Wing at Melsbroek Air Base

20th Squadron (C-130H Hercules, to be replaced with Airbus A400M
Airbus A400M
by 2019[46]) 21st Squadron (Airbus A321, Falcon 900B, Embraer ERJ 135, Embraer ERJ 145) Training and Conversion Unit

Meteo Wing at Beauvechain
Beauvechain
Air Base

Military Meteorological Forecasting Center Meteorological School Maintenance Workshop Meteorological Telecommunications Unit

11th Squadron at Cazaux Air Base
Cazaux Air Base
in France
France
( Alpha Jet
Alpha Jet
E trainers) 40th Squadron at Koksijde Air Base
Koksijde Air Base
(NH90 NFH helicopters) 80th UAV Squadron at Florennes Air Base
Florennes Air Base
(B-Hunter drones) Air Component Competence Center at Beauvechain
Beauvechain
Air Base

Basic Flying Training School at Beauvechain
Beauvechain
Air Base

5th Squadron (SF.260D/M+ trainers) 9th Squadron (SF.260D/M+ trainers) Military Glider Center, previously at Goetsenhoven Airfield, currently at Beauvechain
Beauvechain
Air Base (L21B Super Cub, and a variety of glider types),

K-9 Unit in Oud-Heverlee

Aviation Safety Directorate at Beauvechain
Beauvechain
Air Base

Aircraft[edit]

A Belgian F-16
F-16
flies near Kandahar Airfield

A NH90-NFH on display at Florennes Air Base

An Alpha Jet
Alpha Jet
on approach

Current inventory[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes

Combat Aircraft

F-16
F-16
Fighting Falcon United States multirole F-16AM 45[47]

Transport

Airbus A321 France VIP

1[47]

Embraer ERJ145 Brazil VIP

4[47]

Lockheed C-130 United States tactical airlift C-130H 11[47]

Airbus A400M
Airbus A400M
Atlas France
France
/ Spain tactical airlift

7 on order[47]

Helicopters

Alouette III France liaison

3[47]

NHIndustries NH90 European Union utility / transport NFH 8[47]

Westland Sea King United Kingdom SAR / utility Mk.48 3[47]

AgustaWestland AW109 Italy scout / anti-armor

20[48]

Trainer Aircraft

Alpha Jet France
France
/ Germany trainer / light attack

28[47]

F-16
F-16
Fighting Falcon United States conversion trainer F-16BM 9[47]

SIAI-Marchetti SF.260 Italy trainer

33[47]

Future[edit] In the strategical defence vision report of the Belgian government it was stated that by 2030 the Belgian air component will invest in 34 new fighter aircraft and 1 aerial refueling aircraft to be able to deploy the new fighter aircraft in a more independent fashion.[49] The Belgian government is also planning to purchase 4 large reconnaissance UAV's with the option to buy 8 more afterwards which will be able to fly at great height. Their primary goal will be reconnaissance assignments but the option also exists to arm them. [50] Regarding the replacement of the aging F-16's there is some controversy within the Belgian government. The Flemish socialist party claimed that the government has already chosen for the F-35 because it intends to purchase fighters of a "new generation". Minister of Defence, Steven Vandeput contradicts this and stated that no official choice has been made yet until 2018 and that all options are still on the table. [51] See also[edit]

List of F-104 Starfighter operators

Notes[edit]

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