The aircraft visiting RIAT 2019 are from No. 349 and 350 Sqns. Today's Belgian Air Component operates a rather smaller
force of F-16 Fighting Falcons than did the former Belgian Air Force, but these
are now true multi-role aircraft as opposed to pure fighters thanks in no small
part to the MLU (Mid-Life Upgrade) programme begun in the 1990s. Belgium
ordered an original 116 F-16s as part of a huge deal for the type that also
involved Denmark, the Netherlands and Norway; a follow-on order took the fleet
to 160. Of those, around 50 aircraft now remain in active service with two wings.
Belgian F-16s have taken part in coalition air operations over the Balkans,
Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, as well as the Baltic Air Policing initiative.