Ignition! – a joint venture between Sonaca Group and Sabena Aerospace – signed an agreement with BAE Systems to explore opportunities to work together on a range of activities, should Belgium choose the Eurofighter to replace its current F-16 fleet.

A major part of the Eurofighter consortium industrial proposal is a plan to work with Belgian industry to develop advanced mission training for the Belgian Air Component. This includes the development of Mission Training Centers equipped with networked training flight simulators fitted with the latest technologies, much of which could be sourced from Belgium.

“This agreement forms part of one of the key planks of our long-term industrial proposal to Belgium,” said Anthony Gregory, Campaign Director for Belgium at BAE Systems. “The mission training initiative would help position Belgium at the leading-edge of Research and Development, integration, production, support and management of advanced synthetic training, the importance and use of which is continually increasing.”

Under the agreement, BAE and Ignition! will examine the extension of the mission training center to cover the full training pipeline - from ground schooling to Eurofighter simulator pilot training.