The Danish Armed Forces have reached an important milestone in their F-35 program.
According to the Danish Defence Command (Forsvaretdk), the first four F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighters have flown 1000 hours out of Luke Airbase, USA.
The Royal Danish Air Force expected that first F-35As are expected to arrive in Denmark in 2023. It will be based at Royal Danish Air Force’s Fighter Wing Skrydstrup.
Denmark joined the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program in 2002 during the System Development and Demonstration phase and has influenced technical elements of the F-35.In October 2008, they delivered a Danish F-16 to the JSF 461st Flight Test Squadron at Edwards AFB as part of the RDAF’s partnership with the F35 program and the F-16 served as a chase plane for the F-35 Development, Test & Evaluation program through Dec. 2016. In June 2016, Denmark confirmed plans to procure 27 F-35As.
The F-35 strengthens national security, enhances global partnerships and powers economic growth. It is the most lethal, survivable and connected fighter aircraft in the world, giving pilots an advantage against any adversary and enabling them to execute their mission and come home safe.