The Danish Ministry of Defense recently released the first pictures of the first F-35 Lightning II fighter for the air force (with tail number L-001).

According to the plan, from 2021 to 2026, Denmark will receive 27 new F-35 fighters, will gradually replace the F-16s which entered service from the 1980s.

Assembly of the fore part of the first Danish Air Force F-35 multirole fighter is conducted at the Fort Worth facility, Texas. The aircraft will be delivered on schedule this year. The F-35 will allow Denmark to fully handle missions at the national and international level, starting in 2027.

Initially, the Danish F-35 fighters will be based at Luke Air Force Base (Arizona) of the US, is expected to be a place to train operators. And it is not until 2023 that they will be shipped to Denmark.

Denmark Buy the F-35
Denmark Buy the F-35

According to The Centre for Analysis of World Arms Trade of Russia – TSAMTO, Denmark has been involved in the development program of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter since 1997. This allowed the country’s experts to participate in the construction process, and domestic companies received orders to manufacture some parts.

According to the results implemented in the period 2013 – 2016, on May 12, 2016, the Danish Government has decided to buy at least 27 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighters for the country’s air force.

The F-35 is a single-seat fighter with a length of 15.37 meters, a wingspan of 10.6 meters, and a height of 4.33 meters. The wing area is 42.7m², the empty weight is 12 tons, and the maximum take-off weight is 27.2 tons.

At the beginning of 2018, Denmark’s central bank paid for insurance of $3.7 billion for the F-35s, so that the Ministry of Defense of the country could buy aircraft at fixed prices in local currency. Hedging is considered reasonable, as most payments are made in USD.

The Danish Air Force currently has 30 F-16s in service since 1980. The obsolete aircraft will be phased out by 2024. The first F-35A is expected to arrive in Denmark in 2023. They will be deployed at Skridstrup airbase.

In June 2020, the Danish Parliament passed legislation to build specialized facilities at air base for the operation of the F-35A.

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