Typhoon runs as Danish F-16 replacement

A Typhoon rolling during an airshow. (Image © Elmer van Hest)
A Typhoon rolling during an airshow. (Image © Elmer van Hest)

Just days after Saab announced it will not offer its JAS 39 Gripen E/F to Denmark, Airbus Defence and Space has submitted a bid in response to the Danish Ministry of Defence´s tender for the replacement of Denmark´s fleet of F-16 fighters. Main ingredient of the bid: Eurofighter Typhoon.

After the delivery to the Ministry on Monday 21 July 2014, Uli Fingerle, Eurofighter campaign director said: “It gives us great pleasure to offer Denmark our proposal for the most advanced multi-role/swing-role aircraft currently available. We are convinced that, with its strong partnership between European nations and more than 400 aircraft already in service, Eurofighter is the rational choice for Denmark.”

Eurofighter Typhoon is combat proven and 100 percent-integrated within NATO, says Airbus Defence and Space. A partnership within the Eurofighter community exists for the entire life of the aircraft, which will be the next 40-50 years. This would allow Denmark to have a modern well-equipped combat aircraft that can perform all necessary tasks and missions.

The many Typhoon aircraft in the neighbouring area also means that the cost of spare parts, operation and maintenance as well as development and upgrade will be kept to a minimum – and that Denmark’s participation in international missions will take place together with Typhoons from other European NATO member countries.

Other aircraft in the Danish race are the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet – two of the type did a promo tour in the Scandinavian country recently – and the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II. Saab states that it fully expects the F-35 to win the Danish competition anyway – despite the very recent and very serious issues surrounding the F-35. Therefore, the Swedish company refuses to submit its Saab JAS 39 Gripen-E/F.

Source: Airbus Defence and Space, with additional reporting by Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest