On Wednesday, April 7th, Denmark and the US celebrated the roll out of the very first of 27 highly anticipated F-35 fighter aircrafts acquired by the Royal Danish Air Force. The first aircraft with the tale number L-001 was handed over at the Lockheed Martin production facility in Fort Worth, Texas. Indeed, a historic day for Denmark and Danish Defence who joined the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program back in 2002.
Present at the high-profile ceremony were representatives from the Royal Danish Air Force, US Air Force, Ambassador Wisborg, ADBC members Lockheed Martin, Terma, Multicut, among many others. Danish Minister of Defence, Trine Bramsen, attended virtually, where she noted: “With the reception of the F-35 we will strengthen our ability to protect Denmark side-by-side with the United States. The implementation of the F-35 will be the absolute focus for the Danish Defence in the coming decades.”
The F-35 is the most advanced fighter aircraft in modern history and presents a great milestone in the long and continuous cooperation between Denmark and the United States. The F-35 project is considered one of the world’s largest industrial projects and has commanded major investments in industrial cooperation among the global alliance partners and will continue to create numerous jobs for decades to come.