Meeting Belgium's Essential Security Interests

The Eurofighter proposal for Belgium has been analysed by global advisory firm Oxford Economics, suggesting a potential boost to the Belgian economy worth billions of Euros and the sustainment and creation of thousands of jobs.
Eurofighter Typhoon for Belgium
 
Key analysis suggests:
 
• The Eurofighter proposal could deliver €19bn into the Belgian economy over the next 25 years;
• It could bring an additional €6.2bn through wider economic multipliers, such as employee wage and salary spend;
• And it could sustain and deliver some 7,000 jobs over the same period;
• The proposals build on a current €600m annual investment in Belgium through the current Eurofighter consortium footprint
 
Anthony Gregory, Campaign Director for Belgium at BAE Systems, said:  “This analysis shows that our proposal is capable of delivering exactly what we have promised – a European solution creating jobs and economic value for Belgium, whilst protecting Belgium’s Essential Security Interests. Eurofighter has a proven, global track record of delivering economic opportunities which are sustainable and long-term. This analysis suggests we will deliver significant economic value for the country.
 
“Ours is a truly European proposal for the heart of Europe. Belgium has the opportunity to be part of Europe’s largest defence programme, gain a voice and influence in the future development of European air defence and position its already world-leading manufacturing capabilities for opportunities on a future European fighter programme.”
 
The Eurofighter industrial offering for Belgium proposes a number of partnership opportunities within the Eurofighter programme, including giving Belgian industry a voice in influencing Eurofighter Typhoon's future development, which would provide significant industrial opportunities, for example in cockpit displays and radar enhancements, and would provide opportunities for involvement in a next generation Eurofighter fighter programme. There is a further opportunity for Belgian industry and Belgian Defence to review and adopt national Eurofighter support and sustainment capabilities during an initial capability transition period to 2030.
 
It also includes the establishment of two National Innovation Centres covering additive manufacture and advanced manufacturing. If the success of the centres mirrors similar facilities in the UK, tthey could create €2.9bn in turnover by 2043 and 560 Research and Development jobs.

The proposal would also establish the infrastructure, technology and training to accommodate and run a Belgian National Network Cyber Centre, a Cyber Innovation Centre and a Cyber Research Centre in partnership with BAE Systems’ Applied Intelligence business based in Leuven. This would be underpinned by a partnership between the UK and Belgian Governments.
 
The UK Government, supported by industry, would also propose to invite Belgian Defence and industry to join its Electronic Warfare and Mission Data generating facilities, ensuring Belgium retains sovereign control of its most sensitive data and generating potential economic value post-2030 when the capability could be transferred to Belgian facilities.
 
Finally, the proposal further includes a potential partnership between Belgian companies to address the development of a mission training requirement for the Belgian Air Component. This proposal would aim to position Belgium at the leading-edge of Research and Development, integration, production, support and management of synthetic training.
 
Meeting Belgium's Essential Security Interests

Meeting Belgium's Essential Security Interests

Partnership

 
The UK-led Eurofighter offer to Belgium as part of the F-16 replacement programme is the most comprehensive international equipment partnership ever offered by a Eurofighter Typhoon partner nation, with a Government to Government Memorandum of Understanding between Belgium and the UK underpinning a deep strategic partnership for decades to come. 

A core element of the proposed Memorandum of Understanding is the offer of a unique and comprehensive partnership between the Belgian Air Component and the Royal Air Force, building on those 70-plus years of history and collaboration.
 
The supply chains of the Eurofighter consortium partners – BAE Systems, Airbus Defence and Space and Leonardo – already have a significant industrial footprint, worth hundreds of millions of Euros, with hundreds of companies across the two regions of Belgium and in Brussels, including high-end technology sector companies.
 
The Eurofighter industrial proposals seek to protect the country’s Essential Security Interests and invest jointly in the future technologies, and capabilities required to maintain and grow competitive market positions, generating sustainable long term economic growth in Belgium.