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Denmark to repatriate F-35s from US training base to mitigate TR-3 delivery delays

Having formally received 10 of its 27 F-35A jets, the Royal Danish Air Force is to prematurely repatriate to Denmark six aircraft that are currently being used in the US for training so as to offset delays due to the TR-3 upgrade. (Danish MoD/Lockheed Martin)

Denmark is to repatriate Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II combat aircraft that are now used for US-based training to mitigate ongoing delivery delays due to problems with the Technology Refresh 3 (TR-3).

The Danish Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced the move on 26 June, saying the six TR-2 standard F-35As the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) has at the international training unit at Luke Air Force Base (AFB) in Arizona will be recovered to the Fighter Wing in Skrydstrup. The MoD did not say when this will happen.

“Already in the spring [second quarter], I asked the armed forces to look at possible solutions if the new Danish F-35 fighter jets in TR-3 configuration were delayed. It is very positive that we have now found a solution so that the delays from the manufacturer affect us as little as possible,” Danish Minister of Defence Troels Lund Poulsen said.

The solution will see the six TR-2 jets that are to be recovered to Denmark backfilled in the United States by new TR-3 jets as they roll off the Fort Worth production line in Texas.

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