. Lockheed Martin has presented Belgium's first F-35A Lightning II to the Belgian government during a rollout ceremony at Lockheed Martin's F-35 production facility.

"The introduction of the F-35 within the Belgian Air Force will enable us to continue to fulfil all our missions in the coming decades, in cooperation with our allies and partners in NATO, the EU and beyond," said Chief of Defense for the Belgian Armed Forces, Admiral Michel Hofman.

Belgium's has ordered 34 F-35As and in 2024, eight F-35As will be delivered to the American-Belgian 312 Scorpion squadron, at Luke Air Base. These will be specifically dedicated to the training of Belgian pilots and technicians. The training program will begin in summer 2024.