Replacing the F-16 fighter fleet: the construction of a need in matters of Belgian armament

This Analysis is again addressing the question of the appropriateness of the renewal of the Belgian Air Defence F-16 fighter fleet, which is framed as obvious in the coalition agreement of 2014. The note highlights how representations conveyed by certain industrial and military structures are rooted into the Belgian political landscape, and how strategic discourses, too, contribute to the construction of a perceived need in terms of armaments.

Photo : combat aircraft cemetery in US Air Force-base in Arizona (source: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base)