Royal Danish Air Force Receives First Four Danish F-35 Aircraft

  • Defensemirror.com Bureau
  • 07:04 AM, October 2, 2023
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Royal Danish Air Force Receives First Four Danish F-35 Aircraft
Denmark MoD

Denmark has received its initial batch of four permanently stationed F-35A Lightning II aircraft at Skrydstrup Air Base in Denmark.

In a ceremony marking this milestone, Lockheed Martin officially transferred the ownership certificate of these F-35s to the Danish Ministry of Defense Acquisition and Logistics Organization.

Denmark became a partner in the F-35 program in 2002, actively participating in the System Development and Demonstration phase and exerting strategic influence on various technical aspects of the program. Additionally, the Royal Danish Air Force contributed a Danish F-16 aircraft to the Joint Strike Fighter 461st Flight Test Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base in California, where it served as a chase plane for the F-35 Development, Test & Evaluation program.

Royal Danish Air Force Receives First Four Danish F-35 Aircraft
RDAF F-35 Lightning II jet

As of now, Denmark has taken delivery of a total of 10 F-35s. Among these, four are currently stationed at Skrydstrup Air Base, while the remaining six are based at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. At Luke Air Force Base, Danish pilots and maintenance personnel are actively engaged in training activities.

Denmark has plans to procure a total of 27 F-35 aircraft in the future.

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