From Component to Aircraft: Delivering Denmark's First F-35
April 07, 2021
The Danish Armed Forces and Lockheed Martin have enjoyed a successful and enduring defence and business partnership since the early 1950s, as demonstrated by the highly successful T-33 Silver Star, F-104 Starfighter, C-130 Hercules and F-16 Fighting Falcon programs and now the F-35 Lightning II.
Denmark joined the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program in 2002 during the System Development and Demonstration phase and has been an essential partner, having influenced technical elements and produced Danish components on the F-35. As part of the RDAF’s partnership with the F-35 program, they delivered a Danish F-16 to the JSF 461st Flight Test Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base in October 2008. The F-16 served as a chase plane for the F-35 Development, Test & Evaluation program until Dec. 2016.