Belgian army slimmed down further

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di 22 feb 2015, 17:54

Belgian army slimmed down further

BRUSSELS –

The Belgian army will by 2030 be streamlined, of 32,000 to 25,000 men. At the same time, however, for 9.2 billion euros in the armed forces is invested. That is stated in the Strategic Plan for Defence minister Steven Vandeput that Tuesday is approved.

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A choice for the successor of the F-16 is not yet in the plan, however, that there will be invested in 34 jets. According to the minister, will the Belgian army remain active on land, at sea and in the air, but it will be with fewer troops. Now is that still to 32,000, in 2007, the Belgian armed forces is still to 42,000 men.

According to Vandeput, is also ‘marked’ where the Belgian army in the future, the difference wants to make. “There is a shift towards supporting missions and conflict prevention”, she said.

Except in the replacement of the F-16’s money is invested in the purchase of two frigates and six mijnenjagers. There are also six drones.