BAE Systems signs agreement with Asco Industries to collaborate as part of Eurofighter industrial offer to Belgium

A formal agreement to collaborate on advanced manufacturing and engineering opportunities has been signed by BAE Systems and Asco Industries in Belgium.

The co-operation agreement was signed at Asco’s headquarters in Zaventem, Flanders. It will see the two companies explore wide-ranging proposals to work together in areas such as additive manufacturing, composite materials and processes and other areas of advanced manufacturing and engineering technology.

It will also see the companies explore potential work on the Eurofighter Typhoon programme, including airframe manufacturing & assemblies.

The agreement is part of a substantial Eurofighter industrial offer to provide long-term, sustainable industrial opportunities to Belgium, including the establishment of two National Innovation Centres, should Belgium select Eurofighter Typhoon to replace its existing fleet of F-16 aircraft.

It is planned that Asco would join BAE Systems in becoming a founder member of those centres and help develop their scope of work.

Anthony Gregory, Campaign Director for Belgium at BAE Systems, said: “We are delighted to sign this agreement with Asco and we are looking forward to further developing the relationship between our two companies. As part of our European industrial offer to Belgium, the Eurofighter nations and partner companies are fully committed to supporting the Essential Security Interests identified by Belgium, including advanced manufacturing. Working together with leading partners such as Asco, our offer will help further support and develop Belgium’s already outstanding capabilities in the defence and aerospace sector.”

Laurent Canoen, Chief Commercial Director at Asco Industries, said: “We are excited about the opportunities this collaboration with BAE Systems could bring and we look forward to working together to achieve the aim of our agreement – the development of advanced future technologies and capabilities. As a company, we already work closely in the commercial aircraft sector with Airbus & Leonardo, and we are now committed to further developing our relationship with the different partners in the Eurofighter programme.”