May 15, 2012 (Released, May 11, 2012) defpro.com
The Belgian Council of Ministers on May 11, 2012, approved the investment plan put forward by the Minister of Defence Pieter De Crem, allowing him to launch the planned investment projects for 2012 (basic projects and substitution programmes) with a total amount of €242 million.
In order to remain a reliable partner, it is indispensible to make investments to adequately equip military units and personnel, allowing them to successfully carry out their mission and ensuring their safety.
This investment plan may be subdivided as follows:
• Continuing the modernisation effort of the Land Component
• Introducing into service recently acquired systems
• Sustaining existing capabilities
•Pursuing the planned implementation of the transformation effort
•Providing the means required for the mission of the Intelligence and Security Staff Department (Service Général du Renseignement et de la Sécurité, SGRS)
The investment planning takes into account the current budgetary situation and the reduction of the Belgian Defence to 32.000 members.
(Original press release in French only. Unofficial translation by defpro.com/nvk)