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WSJ: Boeing Questions Denmark’s Fighter Aircraft Replacement Proposal Evaluations

Boeing F-18 Super HornetBoeing (NYSE: BA) has raised concerns about a decision of Denmark to choose the Lockheed Martin-built (NYSE: LMT) F-35 over the former’s F/A-18 to serve as the next fighter aircraft platform for the Danish military,  the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

Robert Wall and Doug Cameron write that Denmark’s defense ministry said it found that Lockheed’s proposal met all criteria for the competition such as aircraft performance and industrial requirements.

The ministry recommended in May the procurement of up to 27 F-35 jets to replace the nation’s current fleet of aging F-16s, also built by Lockheed, after the agency evaluated proposals from multiple competing bidders.

The Danish government upheld the recommendation in June.

“We believe the ministry’s evaluation of the competitors was fundamentally flawed and inaccurately assessed the cost and capability of the F/A-18 Super Hornet, ” said Debbie Rub, vice president and general manager of global strike programs at Boeing,  according to the report.

Denmark also considered the Gripen NG from Saab and the Eurofighter Typhoon from a consortium comprised of BAE Systems,  Airbus Group and Leonardo-Finmeccanica.

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