Ignition!, a joint venture (JV) company between Sonaca Group and Sabena Aerospace, is set to partner with BAE Systems for the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft programme.

The two companies have signed a formal cooperation agreement to work jointly on a wide range of activities if the Eurofighter Typhoon multi-role fighter jet is selected by Belgium to replace its existing F-16 aircraft fleet.

Under the terms of the deal, Ignition! and BAE Systems will explore the development of mission training centres that would involve ground schooling to Eurofighter simulator pilot training as well as training using other platforms and new export opportunities.

BAE Systems Belgium campaign director Anthony Gregory said: “This agreement forms part of one of the key planks of our long-term industrial proposal to Belgium and we are delighted to announce this partnership with Ignition!

“The 15.96m-long fighter jet has a wingspan of 10.95m and is capable of flying at a maximum altitude of above 55,000ft.”

“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.”

In addition, the cooperation agreement offers potential opportunities for Ignition! to provide aircraft support for the Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets.

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Eurofighter Typhoon is an advanced multi-role combat aircraft that can be simultaneously deployed for air-to-air and air-to-surface capabilities.

The 15.96m-long fighter jet has a wingspan of 10.95m and is capable of flying at a maximum altitude of above 55,000ft.