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US pushes for Belgian fighter decision

12 September 2018

The US ambassador to Belgium has revealed that the current pricing quote for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is only valid until mid-October, with an extension on the offer under the initially proposed conditions not an option.

Speaking to Belgian media on 10 September, the ambassador, Ronald Gidwitz, said that pressure from other countries on F-35 delivery schedules was a leading factor in the US position, as well as the number of sub-contracts that were awaiting award based on the Belgian procurement.

According to Gidwitz, should the bid be revised, a newer variant of the aircraft may be offered to the Belgian government; however there were no indications whether this would result in a price escalation on the previous bid for the Belgian Air Combat Capability Program (ACCaP).

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