The US Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark is reportedly asking the country to buy more F-35 jets.
The Ambassador has also reminded Denmark that it should fulfill three-year-old promises to strengthen defence and surveillance in the Arctic, say local media.
Denmark has ordered 27 F-35As and at least five will remain in the U.S. for training purposes.
Ambassador Carla Sands says she is concerned that NATO’s aircraft power and surveillance capacities are not enough in the Arctic and that Denmark should fulfill three-year-old promises to strengthen defence and surveillance there.
Referring to the F-35 purchase, Sands told news outlet Jyllands-Posten:
“There are not a lot of aircraft in Denmark. You have 38-40 F-16 aircraft today. It is actually a reduction in the number of aircraft, and Denmark should probably look into it”.
NATO aim to keep defence spending to at least 2 percent of their GDP. There are currently only six nations doing so: the US, Greece, the UK, Poland, Latvia, and Lithuania.
Denmark spends 1.35 percent and plans to raise it to 1.5 by 2023.