Noise Controversy Resumes as First of Long-Awaited F-35 Fighter Jets Handed Over to Denmark

While Danish Defence Minister Trine Bramsen called the procurement of the F-35s a “very important milestone”, the debate about the noise pollution from Denmark’s costly purchase has fired up anew amid private measurements and data from the Netherlands.

Denmark’s first F-35 has been handed over by the aerospace company Lockheed Martin in a roll-out ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas, signifying the first results of cooperation that started decades ago.

Denmark signed on to the F-35 fighter jet industrial cooperation agreement way back in 1997.

“Today is an important, significant day and a very important milestone – for Denmark, the Danish defence, and not least the strong Danish-US partnership. The F-35 is in a league of its own and will benefit Denmark for many years to come”, Defence Minister Trine Bramsen said at the ceremony.

“So it’s official. The Danish Armed Forces have entered a new league with the handover of the first of a total of 27 F-35 fighter jets. The Chief of Defence called it ‘a significant change for the entire Armed Forces'”, the Danish military tweeted.

​Dubbed L-001, the jet is one of 27 F-35s scheduled to be delivered to Denmark and upgrade its ageing fleet of F-16s. Remarkably, the first jet will not be heading to Denmark initially, but will be used to train Danish fighter pilots and personnel at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.

Instead, the first group of F-35s are scheduled to arrive in Denmark in 2023, where they will be based at Skrydstrup Air…

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