Belgium Purchases NH-90 Helis, Iveco Trucks, Second-Hand Frigates

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Old (left) and New…(click to view full) DID does its best to cover global developments, but language barriers and less transparency sometimes make it harder to cover certain countries. In July 2005, we covered about $1.2 billion in planned Belgian defense purchases. Fortunately a Belgian reader named David Vandenberghe was happy to step up to the plate recently to let us know about some other recent announcements from his country, then lend us a hand digging up the information we needed. David notes that “Getting a dollar or Euro figure is hard certainly for Belgium, there seems to be an unwillingless to specify the acquisition cost and there certainly is political unwill towards more open information (FOIA-type) on ‘who gets what piece of the industrial/commercial cake’.” Nevertheless, he has done a commendable job. Thanks to some additional research by DID, we can now flesh out some of Belgium’s recent purchases, from NH-90 helicopters to Iveco trucks and even the two frigates we mentioned in July 2005. Iveco M250 DID has covered the frigate sale’s preliminaries back on July 25, 2005: “After a series of failed attempts to acquire second-hand M-Class frigates from the Dutch Navy and Type 23 frigates from […]

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