In Denmark Govt. secures backing to buy F-35 fighter jets

It cautioned that the military risked cuts unless defence spending was raised, but it failed to sway the other parties.

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Denmark's plan to buy United States F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) jets when it replaces its ageing fleet of F-16 jet fighters, has received broad parliamentary backing, the government announced on Thursday.

The country's minority government announced a month ago that it had recommended the purchase of 27 of the jets manufactured by Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Defence Minister, Peter Christensen said that parties which secured 139 seats in the country’s legislature of 179 seats supported the plan.

``The Joint Strike Fighter jets will replace the current F-16s, and the number is sufficient to carry out the same tasks as the old fleet,’’ he said.

Shortly before the announcement, the small Conservative Party said it was not part of the deal.

The traditionally pro-defence party wanted the 43 fighter jets.

It cautioned that the military risked cuts unless defence spending was raised, but it failed to sway the other parties.

The investment was estimated at 3 billion dollars.

The F-35 was chosen over the F-18 Super Hornet, made by rival U.S. manufacturer Boeing, and the Eurofighter Typhoon.

The current Danish F-16 fleet comprises 44 planes. 

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