Boeing (NYSE: BA) has raised concerns about a decision of DenmarkÂ 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, Â the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
Robert Wall and Doug Cameron write that Denmark’s defense ministry said itÂ found that Lockheed’s proposalÂ met all criteria for the competition such as aircraftÂ performance and industrial requirements.
TheÂ ministry recommended in MayÂ the procurement of up toÂ 27 F-35 jets to replace the nation’s current fleet ofÂ aging F-16s, also built by Lockheed, after the agency evaluated proposals from multiple competing bidders.
The Danish government upheld the recommendation in June.
âWe believe the ministryâs evaluation of the competitors was fundamentally flawed and inaccurately assessed the cost and capability of the F/A-18 Super Hornet, â said Debbie Rub, vice president and general manager ofÂ global strike programs at Boeing, Â according toÂ theÂ report.
Denmark also considered the Gripen NG fromÂ Saab and the Eurofighter Typhoon from a consortium comprised of BAE Systems, Â Airbus GroupÂ andÂ Leonardo-Finmeccanica.