October 25, 2018 / 11:54 AM / 21 days ago

Belgium confirms choice of Lockheed's F-35 over Eurofighter

BRUSSELS, Oct 25 (Reuters) - The Belgian government confirmed on Thursday it has chosen Lockheed Martin’s F-35 stealth jets over the Eurofighter Typhoon to replace its ageing F-16s, saying the decision came down to price.

“We have landed! This government is investing heavily in defence. With the purchase of F-35A fighter planes, land vehicles and reconnaissance drones, we ensure your safety and that of our military,” Belgian Defence Minister Steven Vandeput said by Twitter during a government news conference. (Reporting by Robin Emmott and Alastair Macdonald; editing by Philip Blenkinsop)

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