Boeing Pulls Out of Belgian Fighter Competition

“Boeing informed the Belgian government that it will not participate in its bidders’ conference today, nor respond to the request for proposals for a new fighter aircraft.

“We regret that after reviewing the request we do not see an opportunity to compete on a truly level playing field with the extremely capable and cost-effective F/A-18 Super Hornet.

“This decision allows Boeing to concentrate its efforts and resources on supporting our global customers, securing new orders and investing in technology and systems required to meet the threats of today and tomorrow.

“Where there is a full and open competition we look forward to bringing the full depth and breadth of The Boeing Company to our offer,” said Gene Cunningham, vice president, BDS Global Sales.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Boeing has not yet responded to our e-mailed questions about its withdrawal, notably as to why it considers that the Belgian competition is not the “truly level playing field” nor the “full and open competition” that it expected.
Four competitors remain in the running: Airbus/BAE Systems Eurofighter; Dassault Rafale, Lockheed Martin F-35 and Saab Gripen E.)

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