Denmark should buy 28 of Lockheed Martin’s F35 Lightning fighter jets to replace its present F16 jets, an expert group formed by the Danish Ministry of Defence has recommended to the government, according to local radio.
The group found that the Lightning was better than Eurofighter’s Typhoon and Boeing Co’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in four priority areas: military combat, economy, strategics and Danish industrial cooperation with the producer, Radio24syv said citing sources close to the negotiations.
The expert group recommended that Denmark should buy 28 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin, it said.
Denmark’s decision will be closely watched, as several other nations also have to decide whether to replace their aged warplanes with Lockheed Martin Corp’s brand new F-35 or play safe with cheaper, older-generation planes such the Super Hornets.
Now it is up to the government and the political parties supporting the purchase of new fighter jets to decide which one to pick.
Denmark’s Defence Ministry did not reply to requests from Reuters. Spokesmen from various political parties declined to comment. (Reporting by Erik Matzen; Editing by Dominic Evans)