Operation delay: Denmark in fight for F-35s

Denmark’s acquisition of the  F-35 Lightning II is facing obstacles due to technological delays at Lockheed Martin, according to its Ministry of Defense.

Challenges and commitments in the transition from F-16 to F-35 in Denmark

The 2016 contract, signed by Denmark and  Lockheed Martin, provided for the delivery of 27 F-35As by 2026, worth $3 billion. So far, only four have been delivered.

Danish Defense Minister Troels Lund Poulsen has flagged additional delays, particularly in shipments planned for the first half of 2024, due to technical complications at Lockheed Martin.

These challenges center around the implementation of the Technology Refresh 3 (TR-3) software, which has led to uncertainty in the delivery times of the upcoming  F-35 Lightning II.

Impact of F-35 delays on Danish defense

The  F-35s  are intended to replace the fleet of  F-16 Fighting Falcons, some of which will be gradually donated to Ukraine. This transition is crucial for the Danish defense.

The Ministry of Defense emphasizes the importance of maintaining operational capability during the transition to the F-35, including the donation of  F-16s  to Ukraine and the training of its personnel.

Poulsen has reaffirmed Denmark’s commitment to its obligations towards NATO and international solidarity, despite current challenges.

The route to follow in the face of the challenges in the delivery of the F-35

Denmark, with only four of the 27 F-35s  received, remains committed to resolving these issues, maintaining constant dialogue with those involved and focusing on finding effective solutions.

The Ministry of Defense and the Danish Procurement and Materials Agency continue to closely monitor the situation, ensuring compliance with their defense and international cooperation commitments.

With these challenges, Denmark seeks to ensure an effective and efficient transition of its air forces, maintaining its operational capacity and international commitments.