On Thursday last week Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and Defense Minister Peter Christensen presented the Danish Governments proposal for a replacement for the F-16 fighter jet currently being operated by Royal Danish Air Force.
The Government recommend that Denmark buys 27 F-35A Lightning II (Joint Strike Fighter) for a total price of approx. DKK 20 billion (EUR 2.7bn / USD 3.05bn). The total life cycle cost over 30 years is expected to be DKK 56.4 billion (EUR 7.6 / USD 8.6bn).
In the proposal the first Danish F-35A will be delivered to Luke Air Force Base in 2021. The last aircraft will arrive in Denmark in 2026 and the fleet will be fully operational in 2027.