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Air Warfare

Milestone for Denmark as first F-35A takes flight

11th March 2021 - 15:12 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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First Royal Danish Air Force F-35A takes to the skies, with 26 more to follow in the years ahead.

Denmark has become the fifth NATO air force in Europe to add the F-35 Lightning II to its fleet, following Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and the UK.

The F-35A is set to be a game changer for Denmark, allowing the RDAF to train and fight alongside NATO allies and create a strong deterrent.

While the Danish milestone is an encouraging sign, the F-35 programme has still not entered full-rate production in the US because of problems in maturing the Joint Simulation Environment simulator that is required to complete initial operational testing of the fighter. 

The F-35 also faces renewed scrutiny from Congress in 2021 and there is speculation that the UK will decide to procure 90 fewer aircraft than originally planned. 

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