Associate professor: New fighter aircraft reduces Denmark's military activity

Denmark will have to screw down the level of ambition, when the new fighter aircraft are in place, assess the associate professor. Denmark can't maintain the

Associate professor: New fighter aircraft reduces Denmark's military activity

Denmark will have to screw down the level of ambition, when the new fighter aircraft are in place, assess the associate professor.

Denmark can't maintain the same level of activity in international operations such as today, when the F-35-kampflyene replaces the F-16 aircraft.

It assesses the Peter Viggo Jakobsen, associate professor at the defense college, after that the UNITED states has called on Denmark to invest in more F-35 aircraft.

- I don't think there is any doubt that if you want to make as much as with the F-16 aircraft, of which there are 30 operational, so it becomes difficult, when you only have 22 operational F-35 aircraft.

- Therefore you probably have to turn the volume down a bit for the international operations, so you can perform the task of care in the Danish airspace at home, " he says.

Denmark has invested in the 27 F-35 aircraft. Five of them must stand permanently in the UNITED states, where pilots need to be trained. The remaining 22 are expected to operate by 2023.

the F-16 aircraft expected to be phased out in the period 2020-2024.

Peter Viggo Jakobsen points out that approximately one-third of the 22 aircraft will stand on the earth, because they either need to be maintained, updated or repaired.

Therefore, Denmark does not operate as today, when the F-35 aircraft has replaced the F-16 aircraft.

It is the UNITED states ambassador in Denmark, Carla Sands, who has come with the call to invest more in defence, including fighter aircraft. She also believes that Denmark should increase the monitoring and defence in the Arctic.

According to the minister of defence Trine Team (S) will Denmark in cooperation with Greenland and the Faroe islands to reinforce the defence in the Arctic.

today, Denmark can not see what is going on in the airspace, which the americans, according to Peter Viggo Jakobsen "is tired of".

- We can't see, when that happens something unusual. You can bump into the problem that if the russians are doing one or the other, we do not like, then we discover it is not, says Peter Viggo Jakobsen.

He points out that from the Danish side, work on the problem. But it is difficult to find a technical solution, because it is a large area to be monitored.

/ritzau/

Updated Date: 24 November 2019, 11:00

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