Denmark’s defence ministry have selected F-35 as the nation’s future combat aircraft, following an evaluation involving the F-18 Super Hornet and Typhoon.
The announcement was made at 10am today in Copenhagen by the Prime Minister and the Defense Minister.
It’s important to note today’s announcement is phase one of two. The next phase is an open debate in parliament, which should last approximately one month before Denmark officially approves its decision.
The Type Selection Evaluation report ranked the aircraft by various categories, shown below.
An executive summary of the Type Selection of Denmark’s New Fighter Aircraft can be found here.
The F-35 Joint Project Office said in a statement:
“We are honored Denmark is considering the F-35A to meet its national defense requirements. We understand the selection process for the New Fighter Program is still ongoing and the Joint Program Office will continue to provide the Danish Government with the data needed to make an informed decision that is in their country’s best interest.”
Lockheed Martin said:
“Lockheed Martin is pleased that Denmark has reaffirmed its commitment to the F-35 program with the down select of the F-35 in this fair and open competition. Denmark is a longtime partner of Lockheed Martin and we are proud of our strong record of supporting its national security requirements. The F-35 Lightning II will help ensure Denmark’s national security, and also positions Danish industry to capture long-term work throughout the life of the program. We remain committed to assist the U.S. government and F-35 Joint Program Office to support Denmark’s future fighter and other aircraft requirements.
Additionally, we will continue to work with Danish Industry on F-35 production throughout the life of the program. The projected industrial opportunities with the F-35 will bring long term economic benefits to Denmark for decades to come.”
This acquisition would replace Denmarks F-16AM/BMs.