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.

Lockheed Martin’s  F-35. beat the competition  Eurofighter’s Typhoon, Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet, to replace the aging fleet of  F-16 fighters in Denmark.

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.