The Danish Ministry of Protection has introduced that the primary Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II for the Royal Danish Air Pressure lately headed to the ultimate meeting in Fort Price, Texas F-35 manufacturing facility.
It’s a important milestone for Denmark’s first F-35 jet, generally known as AP-1, because it strikes down the manufacturing line at Lockheed Martin’s mile-long meeting plant to the ultimate level the place its management surfaces can be added, together with last programs and engine set up.
AP-1 is because of roll out of the manufacturing unit in early 2021 and can initially be based mostly at Luke AFB, Arizona, the place they are going to be a part of the coaching of Danish pilots. The reception of the F-35 aircrafts within the Air Pressure can be accomplished over a interval of six years from 2021 to 2026.
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The director of the F-35 programme, Henrik Lundstein, commented: “As a associate within the F-35 program, Denmark has from the start been concerned in growing the F-35 plane. It’s due to this fact a terrific pleasure to see the primary Danish F-35 fighter jet now a actuality. This milestone is a vital step on the way in which to the Armed Forces formally handing over the primary plane to be included within the coaching of Danish F-35 pilots at Luke Air Pressure Base in 2021.”
Denmark joined the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program in 2002 throughout the System Improvement and Demonstration section and has influenced technical components of the F-35.In October 2008, they delivered a Danish F-16 to the JSF 461st Flight Take a look at Squadron at Edwards AFB as a part of the RDAF’s partnership with the F35 program and the F-16 served as a chase aircraft for the F-35 Improvement, Take a look at & Analysis program by way of Dec. 2016. In June 2016, Denmark confirmed plans to acquire 27 F-35As.