It represents the most unique and comprehensive proposal ever to be offered by the UK Government under the auspices of Defence and Security agreements.
The offer will see the Eurofighter Typhoon infrasturcture and the expertise of the Royal Air Force shared with the Belgian Air Component to offer minimal risk and expenditure to the ACCaP requirement, including operational support and training for pilots and technicians.
Embarking on a new chapter of defence and security co-operation will continue the rich history enjoyed between the UK and Belgium to date.
The offer will also bring opportunities to work more closely with Eurofighter partner governments and companies.
The Eurofighter family would welcome Belgium to become its next European partner, strengthening the security of Europe and our NATO allies for decades to come with the most advanced multi-role aircraft weapon system available.
A proud relationship
No 349 (Belgian) Squadron was formed as an RAF squadron by Belgian personal at RAF Ikeja, near Lagos, Nigeria on 10 November 1942. It later relocated to the UK where it was involved in the war effort, flying the Supermarine Spitfire.
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He was killed in action above Ypres while flying biplane fighter FE8 7613 on January 23, 1917.Representatives from 41 Squadron, the Belgian Air Component and various dignitaries, including the UK Ambassador to Belgium, Alison Rose, were present at the commemoration in Ghent on January 23, which also included a fly-past.
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No 349 (Belgium) Squadron - 'Strike hard, strike home'
Conversion was abandoned in April and the squadron moved to the Netherlands to join No 132 Wing. After a period with occupation forces, No 349 passed to the control of the Belgian Air Force on 24 October 1946.