Denmark to buy Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jets


Terma

The Danish Ministry of Defence has agreed to buy 27 F-35A Lightning II multirole fighters to replace its existing fleet of F-16 aircraft that has been in operation since 1980.

The announcement follows approval from the Danish parliament.

Lockheed Martin's F-35 was chosen over Boeing's F-18 Super Hornet and Airbus' Eurofighter Typhoon. The Royal Danish Air Force will operate the F-35As starting from 2024.

Danish defence and aerospace company Terma will produce composite aerostructures and radar electronics for the Lockheed Martin-built aircraft.

It will supply composite conventional edges for the aircraft horizontal tails, advanced lightweight composite components for the centre fuselage, missionised gun pods, data acquisition pods for flight test instrumentation, air-to-ground pylons and radar electronics.

"To be a supplier to the international military aircraft industry takes hard work and dedication and we are ready to continue down the road we began more than a decade ago."

Terma president and CEO Jens Maal√łe said: "Terma has patiently awaited the decision for more than a decade, and we are very pleased that we are now able to explore further collaboration with the winning manufacturer, Lockheed Martin.

"To be a supplier to the international military aircraft industry takes hard work and dedication and we are ready to continue down the road we began more than a decade ago."

Terma has been a supplier to the F-35 programme since 2004. The programme uses the latest technologies within advanced aerostructures, design, sensor systems, electronics, and stealth capabilities.

Lockheed Martin expects to manufacture more than 3,000 F-35 aircraft.


Image: Three F-35As in flight. Photo: courtesy of TERMA.