Two of six F-35 planes supplied by Lockheed Martin to the Danish Armed Forces have experienced malfunctions in their catapult mechanism. Danish Radio reported this.
“At most two of six F-35 aircraft purchased for the armed forces had malfunctioning ejection chairs,” the radio reported. “The problem is caused by a manufacturing defect at Martin-Baker supplier.,” said the radio.
Danish Radio reports that the kingdom spent 14.2 Billion Crowns (roughly $2B) to purchase 27 F-35 fighter planes from the US. The radio station also doesn’t specify the time period during which the purchase was made.
Minister of Defense of Kingdom Morten Beskov stated earlier that Denmark will keep F-16 fighters in active service for three more years. They were originally scheduled to be retired in 2024. New F-35 aircraft will be added to the armed forces in stages. The Ministry of Defense’s head stated that this decision was made because “the situation regarding security policy in Europe has dramatically changed.”
The F-35’s ejection seats are a major problem. All F-35 aircraft in the United States had to be landed because of it. It is now clear that this problem isn’t limited to the United States. There is also a defect in fighters shipped to other countries.