France is attempting to draw its neighbor Belgium away from the U.S.-built Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II by offering a defense partnership and a chance to rebuild historic ties. Rather than the long-awaited response to Belgium’s request for government proposals to replace its F-16 Fighting Falcons—the deadline for which passed on Sept. 8—French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly delivered a more open-ended offer. Partner Preference Boeing’s Super Hornet and ...

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