A F-35 Lightning II assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base takes off on 28 July 2015. (Image © Staff Sgt. Staci Miller / US Air Force)

Danish parliament to decide on F-35 purchase

Danish parliament will decide next month if the country is to purchase 27 F-35 Lightning II fighter jets. The Lockheed Martin aircraft was announced to have won the bid for replacing Demark’s ageing fighter jets this week.

The selection of the F-35 over the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet and Eurofighter Typhoon comes as no surprise, since Denmark already supports the F-35 program. One of its F-16s operates in support of the test program at Edwards Air Force Base in California. In a statement however, Lockheed Martin states it is pleased that Denmark has reaffirmed its commitment to the F-35 program ‘in this fair and open competition’.

Financially, the F-35 is a hot debate and it will also be in parliament. Denmark struggles to maintain its defense and it is feared a F-35 purchase will put even more strain on other parts of the military. The country now operates 44 F-16s, which are up for deployment over Syria and Iraq soon.