Lockheed’s potential $6.53B sale of F-35s to Belgium gets State Dept. approval

70 ARS Refuels F-35As

The State Department on Thursday said it has approved Belgium’s request to purchase 34 F-35A fighters from Lockheed Martin Corp. for an estimated $6.53 billion.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of the possible sale on Jan. 18.

The government of Belgium has requested to buy 34 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) aircraft, and 38 Pratt & Whitney F-135 engines. The prime contractors will be Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., located in Fort Worth and Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, located in East Hartford, Connecticut.