Peace Through Strength

Denmark joined the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program in 2002 during the System Development and Demonstration phase and has influenced technical elements of the F-35.In October 2008, they delivered a Danish F-16 to the JSF 461st Flight Test Squadron at Edwards AFB as part of the RDAF’s partnership with the F35 program and the F-16 served as a chase plane for the F-35 Development, Test & Evaluation program through Dec. 2016. In June 2016, Denmark confirmed plans to procure 27 F-35As.

Lockheed Martin and the Danish Armed Forces have enjoyed a successful partnership since the early 1950s, with the T-33 Shooting Star, F-104 Starfighter, C-130 Hercules and the F-16 Fighting Falcon. Denmark is an essential partner in F-35 production, development and sustainment activities and today, is building parts and components for the projected 3,100+ aircraft to be manufactured.

Program Stats

  • Aircraft Variant: F-35A 
  • Program of Record: 27 Aircraft
  • Pilots Trained: Training Begins 2021
  • Maintainers Training: Training Begins 2020

Economic Impact

  • Contract Value: $542 Million

Base Locations

  • RDAF Skrydstrup

Program Milestones 

  • 2016: Denmark Selected the F-35 for their New Fighter Program
  • 2017: The Danish Parliament Approved the F-35 Appropriations Bill covering all program elements through the year 2026
  • 2019: Avionics Test Center of Denmark Assigned Tier 2 Component MRO&U Scope for Repair of 16 Avionics Components