The Eurofighter consortium, in association with missile manufacturer MBDA, signed formal endorsements on 26 October to establish two innovation centres in Belgium as part of the firm’s bid for the Belgian Air Component’s Air Combat Capability Programme (ACCP).
The endorsements will see the companies create an advanced manufacturing and additive layer manufacturing plant in Belgium, as well as the establishment of the infrastructure, technology, and training to create a Belgian National Network Cyber Centre in a partnership between the UK and Belgian governments.
BAE Systems told Jane’s on 30 October that the proposal would see the Additive Manufacturing Centre situated in Flanders and the Advanced Material and Manufacturing Centre in Wallonia, but noted that “the regions and industry are actively involved in dictating the research agendas to best match their aspirations for the future”.
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