The Falcon 7X is built by the French company Dassault. The new jets can transport up to 14 people at a time. The federal government has signed a 12-year rental contract worth 10 million euro/annum.
The four Embraer aircraft that are currently in use will be sold for around 15 million euro.
The contract only covers the rental of the two aircraft. The Belgian Airforce will provide the pilots and crew.
The Defence and Foreign Minister in Belgium’s caretaker Federal Government Didier Reynders (Francophone liberal) told journalists that the contract will enable the Defence Department to save 40 million euro during its 12-year duration.