A visitor takes a selfie photograph with an Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft during the Farnborough Airshow, south west of London, on July 16, 2018. / AFP / Tolga AKMEN
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Belgium is being offered a possible role in future European combat jet developments if it picks the Eurofighter Typhoon over the U.S.-built F-35, in a fierce contest to rearm the country's air force, a senior official with Britain's BAE Systems said.Lockheed has also offered orders for Belgian industry as part of its F-35 bid.Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug CEO Volker Paltzo told reporters the company was in discussions with the core nations about further enhancements to the aircraft's cockpit and engines, which could later be transferred to future fighter programs.He said he expected a newly unveiled British future fighter project and a rival Franco-German program would eventually converge into one joint European venture, echoing comments by Airbus Defence and Space Chief Executive Dirk Hoke and Leonardo CEO Alessandro Profumo.
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