International Sanicole Airshow 2017

8 - 10 September 2017

Kamperbaan 165, 3940 Hechtel-Eksel, ., Belgium


The UK Government and BAE Systems are proud to be part of this year’s International Sanicole Airshow.

Eurofighter Typhoon, the most advanced and capable multi-role aircraft available on the market today, will return to the show on 8 September as part of the event’s prestigious 40th anniversary celebrations. The Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon Display Pilot, Flight Lieutenant Ryan Lawton, will perform a spectacular aerial display during the evening event. Eurofighter Typhoon is being considered as part of the Air Combat Capability Program (ACCaP) requirement to replace Belgium’s F-16 aircraft.


HM Ambassador to Belgium, Alison Rose, said: “I am delighted that Eurofighter Typhoon will be back in Belgium again this year, playing a major part in the Sanicole Air Show’s 40th anniversary celebrations. The UK and Belgian Air Forces enjoy strong and long-standing links dating back more than 70 years.  I am confident the Eurofighter Typhoon display will prove one of the highlights of the show.”
Anthony Gregory, Campaign Delivery Director for BAE Systems, said: “Sanicole Air Show was one of the highlights of the 2016 calendar and interest in the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft was evident throughout the event. We are looking forward to bringing the aircraft back to Sanicole in 2017 and showcasing the capability for which it is renowned.”

In addition to the Typhoon display, the world famous Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, will return to the skies over Hetchel for the event.


A message to Belgium
From the Red Arrows


The UK and BAE Systems presence at the event will also mark and celebrate the many proud and long-standing links between the Royal Air Force and the Belgian Air Component, including the formation of 350 and 349 Squadrons.

Read more about the historical military links between the UK and Belgium by clicking this link here.


Eurofighter Typhoon would provide Belgium with a low-risk, cost-effective, combat-proven multi-role fighter aircraft, capable of meeting current and future national and NATO commitments.

The Eurofighter consortium, made up of BAE Systems, Airbus and Leonardo, already supports more than 200 companies across Belgium generating more than €600m annual value. Eurofighter Typhoon will provide the opportunity to increase further, sustaining key technologies, skills and knowledge in Europe.

Keep checking back on this page to see images and video from the event as it happens.


The Royal Air Force and the Belgian Air Component - Our Heritage

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Sanicole Airshow 2017

3940 Hechtel-Eksel, Belgium
Kamperbaan 165
3940 Hechtel-Eksel
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Matthew Squires
Senior Communications Manager
Air Sector Communications