Denmark's first four locally-based F-35A fighter aircraft landed on home soil today at the Royal Danish Air Force's Fighter Wing Skrydstrup, signaling the dawn of a new era for the nation's defense capabilities.
"As newly appointed Defense Industrial Attaché, it is a privilege to oversee the first aircraft ferry of Denmark's new F-35 Lightning II," said His Royal Highness Brig. Gen. Prince Joachim of Denmark. "The F-35 is a huge step forward in technology. The arrival of the F-35 provides Denmark and the Danish Armed Forces a beacon to transform the armed forces to 5th Generation. It is a pleasure to note that this unique piece of military hardware also holds Danish industrial components and is testimony to the close ties between the United States and Denmark."
Denmark's program of record calls for 27 F-35A aircraft, which will be flown and maintained by the Royal Danish Air Force. Denmark has received 10 aircraft to date, with six of these aircraft remaining at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, to support international cooperative F-35 training operations.
With the addition of Skrydstrup Air Base, F-35s are now operating from 31 bases worldwide, safeguarding the skies for allies around the globe. Like the F-16 before it, the F-35 makes the joint force better, securing regional stability, enhancing integrated deterrence and ensuring sovereignty of allied air space. The vital interoperability of the 5th Generation F-35 binds 17 allies and partners together, significantly increasing NATO's deterrent capability in a 21st Century Security battlespace.