Denmark’s state auditors highlight issues with F-35 purchase

The Danish taxpayer will have to fork out more for the acquisition of the F-35A and jet will never reach the number of flight hours per year envisaged by the Defense Ministry, Denmark’s national audit agency has found.

Rigsrevisionen faulted the Ministry of Defense in its evaluation to buy 27 aircraft. The government is on the verge of making a final decision on the number of aircraft to procure.

But Minister of Defense Claus Hjort Frederiksen said the audit report will have no effect on plans to buy more aircraft.

“We naturally listen to Rigsrevisionen’s calculations, but I believe our figures have a very solid basis, and I cannot see how we cannot fulfil them,” Frederiksen was quoted as saying.

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