Denmark is still about a year away from taking a decision in its new combat aircraft programme, but things got interesting early this week, as the deadline passed for bidders to submit responses to its April request for information.
Boeing is pitching its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and Eurofighter the Typhoon (the latter in a bid led by partner company Airbus Defence & Space) against Lockheed Martin’s F-35A Joint Strike Fighter. But Sweden’s FXM export body and Saab have withdrawn the Gripen, following a “comprehensive assessment”.
With Denmark being a Level 3 international partner in the JSF programme it’s hard to see how it isn’t going to end up picking the F-35 (US Air Force image above), but the fact that two of Lockheed’s three potential rivals remain involved in the process indicates that its defence ministry has at least set a fair set of exam questions.
It’s either that, or a case of Boeing and Eurofighter having to pursue however much of an opportunity they have, due to their march towards production ends.