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Denmark Bolsters Fighter Force

Old 16th Jul 2022, 22:44
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Denmark Bolsters Fighter Force

Makes the U.K. decision to retire the tranche 1 Typhoon squadrons early even more reckless…

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European Tensions Prompt Denmark To Keep F-16s Longer

LONDON**—Denmark is to retain its F-16s at a higher operational level and for a longer period than planned due to regional tensions prompted by Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Rather than phase out its F-16 fleet in 2024 as the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) transitions to the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the country plans to retain its F-16 fleet until 2027 in line with recommendations made by Defense Minister Morten Bodskov.

The move means Denmark will operate two front-line combat aircraft types together for the first time since the 1980s, when it flew F-16s and Saab Drakens.

Retaining the F-16s for an additional three years will cost 1.1 billion Danish krone ($150 million), the Defense Ministry said in a June 20 statement. The additional funding is to pay for fuel, spares and the retention of personnel associated with the type.

Keeping the F-16s in service for longer will not affect the introduction of the F-35, officials insist.

“Putin’s aggression in Ukraine has changed Europe,” says Bodskov. “That is why we are increasing the Armed Forces’ ability to contribute to Putin’s deterrence.”

“The security policy situation in Europe is fundamentally different than in 2016, when the Fighter Agreement was concluded . . . therefore, we are extending the operational capacity of the F-16 while the new F-35 aircraft are being phased in,” Bodskov says.

Retaining the F-16s longer is expected to allow the RDAF to continue participating in NATO operations including air-policing in the Baltic Sea….
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($150 million)

Bargain, and a wise move.
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Old 18th Aug 2022, 21:49
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And now their navy…

Doesn’t sound a lot if you’re building a CVA, but it’s a lot of corvettes and fast missile patrol boats for the Baltic…

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