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Boeing Submits Danish Super Hornet Proposal

Aug 28, 2008


Boeing has formally offered the F/A-18E/F to Denmark after successfully persuading Copenhagen to include the Super Hornet in its new combat aircraft competition.

The F/A-18E/F will now be evaluated against the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and Saab Gripen NG, with a decision expected by the end of 2009.

Boeing and the U.S. Navy delivered the proposal on Aug. 15, meeting the Danish deadline for responding to a request for information (RFI) received in May. The RFI was only issued to Boeing, which is entering the competition about two years behind its two rivals (Aerospace DAILY, June 17). A Danish flight evaluation of the F/A-18E/F is expected late this year.

According to Lt. Col. Anders Rex of Defence Command Denmark’s New Combat Aircraft program office, a defense commission will now determine whether the country should acquire new fighters, and if so, what tasks they should perform. Based on these tasks, the program office will then rank the three contenders and make a recommendation to the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The MoD will take the military recommendation and combine it with the results of strategic, security policy, economic and industrial participation evaluations and make a final recommendation to the Danish parliament. This process is expected to be complete by mid-2009, Rex says.

Although the stated initial requirement is for 48 aircraft to replace Denmark’s F-16s, the final number could be lower or higher. “The number has not been decided,” says Rex. The new fighters are expected to be phased in between 2016 and 2020.

Denmark is the third country to receive a Super Hornet proposal in recent months. An offer of 36 F/A-18E/Fs was submitted to Brazil in late July for its F-X2 competition. A downselect from six contenders to two or three is expected in September, and Brazil is aiming for contract award in October 2009, with deliveries to begin in 2013.

Boeing’s industrial participation proposal for the 126-fighter Indian Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft program was submitted in early August, with in-country evaluations of the six candidates now expected to begin early next year. A decision is expected in 2010.

Photo: US Navy

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