Denmark to purchase 27 Lockheed Martin's F-35A fighters for $3bn
Following the last month’s Ministry of Defence’s recommendation, the Danish Parliament has agreed to purchase 27 Lockheed Martin’s F-35A fighters for $3 billion to replace the ageing fleet of F-16 fighter aircraft.
The three fighter aircraft candidates have been evaluated with regards to strategic, military, economic, and industrial aspects: Eurofighter’s Typhoon, Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet, and Lockheed Martin’s F-35. The latter was selected as “the best choice for Denmark” by Defence Ministry and now approved by the Danish Parliament.
The Danish Ministry of Defence stated in a press release: "27 F-35 fighter aircraft will enable the Danish defence forces to perform the same national and international tasks currently assigned to F-16 fighter aircraft.”
Lockheed Martin representatives stated: "The projected industrial opportunities with the F-35 will bring long-term economic benefits to Denmark for decades to come.”
The Lockheed Martin F-35 is a single-seat, single-engine, stealth fighter, currently undergoing final development and testing stages. Next month it will make a debut at the Royal International Air Tattoo, and the Farnborough International Airshow.
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