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Denmark rolls out its first F-35A

8th April 2021 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The first Royal Danish Air Force F-35A made its public debut on 7 April. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

Multirole F-35A will be at the epicentre of Danish defence in the years ahead, says the country’s defence minister.

The Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) marked the rollout of its first F-35A multirole fighter aircraft on 7 April in a ceremony at the Lockheed Martin facility in Fort Worth, Texas.

The aircraft will be delivered to Luke Air Force Base in Arizona later in April, when Danish pilots and maintenance crews will begin training, Lockheed Martin stated.

‘The F-35s will be at the absolute centre for the Danish Defence in the coming decades,’ said Danish Minister of Defence Trine Bramsen, who attended the event virtually.

Lockheed Martin noted that Danish industry has a part to play in the F-35 programme. Terma and Multicut are involved in making pylons, advanced composites, software solutions, radar components and horizontal tail edges.

Denmark has a total of 27 F-35As on order from Lockheed Martin. Shephard Defence Insight estimates the total value of this procurement at $2.6 billion.

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