The United States welcomes Belgium’s decision to purchase the F-35 fighter aircraft. Belgium will fly the F-35 Lightning II alongside some of its closest NATO allies and longtime partners in air defense. With Belgium’s commitment to the F-35 program, its five-star aerospace industry will continue to expand as it supports this 5th generation aircraft, which was jointly developed with European partners. The F-16 program has defined our modern transatlantic defense partnership. We look forward to continuing this partnership for many decades to come with the F-35 program.