The F-35 fighter jets, which were supposed to be delivered to the Danish defense in the first half of 2024, are facing delays.
This information is provided by the Ministry of Defense.
Challenges at the manufacturer Lockheed Martin, including the development and testing of the software that the latest versions of the F-35 fighter aircraft come equipped with, are the cause of the delay.
The next Danish F-35 fighter jets are currently expected to be delivered in the second half of 2024 instead of the first half of 2024.
The assessment from the defense is that it will still be able to handle the training of Ukrainian pilots and the donation of aircraft to Ukraine. The readiness for rejection is not affected, and the delay will not impact our obligations to NATO in a conflict situation.
-“I have today informed the parliamentary committee that the delivery of the next Danish F-35 fighter jets will be delayed. Naturally, this is very disappointing, as the Defense needs these advanced aircraft to fulfill national and international tasks. I have requested a report on what the delays mean and how we will handle this situation. I will now engage in discussions with my American counterpart, Lloyd Austin, to explore possible solutions,” says Defense Minister Troels Lund Poulsen.