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Danish government strongly eyes F-35 to replace ageing fleet of F-16s

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World Aviation Defense & Security News - Denmark
 
 
Danish government strongly eyes F-35 to replace ageing fleet of F-16s
 
The Danish government will recommend the purchase of 27 new F-35A Lightning II fighter jet, the Danish TV2 broadcaster said on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources. Earlier in the day, the local Denmark Radio (DR) station said the F-35s have been recently mentioned in Denmark as the most preferred jets to replace the currently used military aircraft.
     
Danish government strongly eyes F 35 to replace ageing fleet of F 16s 640 001A RNLAF F-35A Lightning II fifth-gen fighter jet
     
Subject to parliamentary approval, it is believed an order has already been placed with the American manufacturer and all of Denmark’s F-16s will be phased out by 2024, unveils the local media CHP Post.

The F-35 made by Lockheed Martin was chosen over Boeing’s Super Hornet, despite Boeing's aggressive advertising campaign, the four-nation Eurofighter Typhoon consortium that includes Airbus Group, the two other contenders for the massive Danish contract.

Although the F-35 jets will reportedly cost $85 million each, the final cost is as yet unknown. According to a recent Radio24syv report, the total cost for 28 fighter aircraft over a 30-year lifespan including equipment and maintenance could run as high as $15 billion.

 

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