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Belgian Air Component F-35's
 
Latest update: May 2019
 
On October 25, 2018 the minister of defence announced the F-35A Lightning II had been selected by the Belgian government to replace its F-16AM/BM in service. The delivery schedule was announced on November 7, 2018.
The first eight aircraft will be delivered to the 56th FW at Luke AFB, Arizona (for more information Luke Lightnings). These aircraft will remain at the Arizona base until 2028. Either Florennes or Kleine-Brogel will receive its first aircraft in 2025.
 
Belgian Air Component F-35 production
 
Prod. Batch Prod. Lot MSN F-35A Prod. Plant Roll out First Flight Delivery date Status Squadron
FRP 15 15     Fort Worth     End 2023   56th FW
FRP 15 15     Fort Worth     End 2023   56th FW
FRP 15 15     Fort Worth     End 2023   56th FW
FRP 15 15     Fort Worth     End 2023   56th FW
FRP 16 16     Fort Worth     End 2024   56th FW
FRP 16 16     Fort Worth     End 2024   56th FW
FRP 16 16     Fort Worth     End 2024   56th FW
FRP 16 16     Fort Worth     End 2024   56th FW
FRP 17 17     Fort Worth     2025   2 Wing
FRP 17 17     Fort Worth     2025   2 Wing
FRP 17 17     Fort Worth     2025   2 Wing
FRP 17 17     Fort Worth     2025   2 Wing
FRP 18 18     Fort Worth     2026   2 Wing
FRP 18 18     Fort Worth     2026   2 Wing
FRP 18 18     Fort Worth     2026   2 Wing
FRP 18 18     Fort Worth     2026   2 Wing
FRP 19 19     Fort Worth     2027   10 Wing
FRP 19 19     Fort Worth     2027   10 Wing
FRP 19 19     Fort Worth     2027   10 Wing
FRP 19 19     Fort Worth     2027   10 Wing
FRP 20 20     Fort Worth     2028    
FRP 20 20     Fort Worth     2028    
FRP 20 20     Fort Worth     2028    
FRP 20 20     Fort Worth     2028    
FRP 20 20     Fort Worth     2028    
FRP 21 21     Fort Worth     2029    
FRP 21 21     Fort Worth     2029    
FRP 21 21     Fort Worth     2029    
FRP 21 21     Fort Worth     2029    
FRP 21 21     Fort Worth     2029    
FRP 22 22     Fort Worth     2030    
FRP 22 22     Fort Worth     2030    
FRP 22 22     Fort Worth     2030    
FRP 22 22     Fort Worth     2030    
                   
Prod. Batch Production batch (FRP or LRIP).  
Prod. Lot Production lot.   
MSN /CN Manufacturer Serial Number.  
Prod. Plant Production plant.  
LRIP Low Rate Initial Production.  
FRP Full Rate Production.  
TBC To Be Confirmed. Decision to buy the remaining three F-35A's will be taken during 2019.  
                   

Comment(s):

2 Tactical Wing based at Florennes will receive the first F-35A's delivered in Belgium. The first aircraft will arrive in 2025. Two years later 10 Tactical Wing based at Kleine-Brogel will receive its first Lightning IIs.

The Lightnings which will be assigned to a fighter squadron within the 56th FW will remain in the USA for training for a few years and then be flown to Belgium.