08.04.21 FAD News

Denmark Receives First F-35 In Rollout Ceremony

Yesterday, the first F-35 out of 27  was officially handed over to The Royal Danish Air Force. A great day for the defence industry.

Chief of Defence, Flemming Lentfer

Foto: The Danish Armed Forces & Lockheed Martin

The first Fighter out of many 

Aircraft L-001 was formally handed over to officials from the Danish government and Ministry of Defence during the event held on 7 April. The rollout event took place at Lockheed Martin’s production facility in Fort Worth, Texas. 

The first F-35 with the tale number L-001 is the first out of 27 Fighters being handed over to the Danish Armed Forces. This will happen in 2023, where the delivery of F-35 will be expected to be terminated by 2026. Meanwhile, the Fighter will be delivered to Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, where Danish pilots and maintainers will begin training.

At the event Minister of Defence, Trine Bramsen participated virtually: 
- With the reception of the F-35 we will strengthen our ability to protect Denmark side-by-side with the United States. The implementation of the F-35 will be the absolute focus for the Danish Defence in the coming decades, explains Minister of Defence, Ms. Bramsen.

The biggest industrial project so far

The purchase of the F-35 is the biggest military purchase in Danish history and is because of its involvement with multiple international suppliers perceived as the world's biggest industrial project.

Being co-producer on the F-35 will pave the way for several workplaces and optimization of technological competencies within the Danish business community.

- Denmark has achieved privileged access to the United States and the other suppliers in the F-35 program. Thus, it is more than a major industrial project. It is also an alliance within security policy alliance at the forefront of technology, elaborates Director of FAD, Joachim Finkielman.

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