Boeing seeks fighter jet procurement evaluation information from Denmark

15 September 2016 (Last Updated September 15th, 2016 18:30)

Boeing has submitted a Request for Insight to the Danish Ministry of Defence (MoD), which requires the latter to provide all materials related to the fighter procurement evaluation and decision announced in June this year.

Boeing has submitted a Request for Insight to the Danish Ministry of Defence (MoD), which requires the latter to provide all materials related to the fighter procurement evaluation and decision announced in June this year.

The development may lead to a lawsuit against the Danish MoD’s evaluation regarding the procurement of the country’s next fighter jet.

Denmark selected Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II over the Boeing F/A-18 and Airbus' Eurofighter Typhoon.

Boeing Global Strike vice-president and general manager Debbie Rub said: “As we said when the decision was announced, we believe the ministry’s evaluation of the competitors was fundamentally flawed and inaccurately assessed the cost and capability of the F/A-18 Super Hornet.

“We’re taking this step because there’s too much at stake for Denmark and, potentially, other countries considering the Super Hornet.”

Boeing presented its concerns regarding the evaluation process to the Danish Parliament Defence Committee prior to the award decision earlier this year.

"We’re taking this step because there’s too much at stake for Denmark and, potentially, other countries considering the Super Hornet."

The company’s primary issue was about the ministry’s estimate that the Super Hornet would cost up to twice as much as detailed in US Department of Defense budget documents.

Rub added: “Denmark deserves to know beyond a shadow of doubt that a fair and transparent process was used to select the country’s future fighter fleet.

“Our action today underscores our belief that the Ministry’s evaluation of each of the four selection criteria fell short of these objectives and must be reviewed to the fullest extent allowed under Danish law.”


Image: Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by Liz Goettee / Released.