SABCA has factories in Brussels, Charleroi (Hainaut) and Lummen (Limburg). The company will produce a number of parts for the F-35. SABCA will also be responsible for the maintenance of the Belgian Airforce’s F-35 once they have been delivered.
The Brussels company Ilias Solutions that is specialised in logistical solutions has also signed a contracts with Lockheed-Martin that are linked to the F-35.
Economic considerations played an important role in the negotiations between the Belgian Government and Lockheed-Martin about the purchase of the 34 F-35 fighter jet. The two companies being given contracts was one element that was decisive in the American plane builder being given the contract to supply the jets.