The Belgian military industry is booming and supply is struggling to keep up with demand. The reason is the supply of weapons to Kyiv. This was reported by the news portal Brussels Times.
Belgium has provided significant arms supplies to Ukraine. At the beginning of the conflict, the Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander De Croo announced that Belgium would give Kyiv 5,000 machine guns, 200 anti-tank guns and 3,800 tons of fuel.
The machine guns were manufactured by the Walloon state arms company FN Herstal. Part of the military donations came from government reserves. So far, there is no evidence that the government has ordered new weapons to replenish these stocks.
The conflict in Ukraine has also significantly stimulated the smaller Flemish arms industry, according to the Brussels Times. The Flemish government’s monthly report shows that in the first six months of this year arms export licenses were issued totaling €371.5 million, twice as much as last year. The Flemish region has entered into a major export agreement with Ukraine, under which Sioen Ballistics has supplied body armor to Ukraine. Flemish-based Concordia Textiles, which makes the fabric used in this type of vest, has reported supply problems due to increased demand.
The conflict in Ukraine has led to a significant increase in military spending as well as investment in the defense sector. In June, the Belgian federal government announced that it would invest €1.8bn in defense-related research and development, which would give a huge boost to Belgian military companies such as FN Herstal, John Cockerill, an armored vehicle manufacturer, and Sonaca, an aerospace company.