Denmark to renew fighter jet fleet

Denmark plans to renew its fleet of fighter jets to replace ageing US-built F-16s and has set up a working group to choose a manufacturer, Defence Minister Nick Haekkerup said.

"Our F-16s can fly until 2020, possibly until 2024, but then they'll need to be displayed in the aviation museum and in history books," Haekkerup told AFP.

"We need to replace them now and the choice will be between four models," he said, citing Boeing's F-18 Super Hornet, Lockheed Martin's F-35, Saab's JAS Gripen and the Eurofighter Typhoon.

Denmark has not yet decided how many aircraft it will acquire, nor the amount of money allocated for the purchase, Haekkerup said.

The choice of manufacturer will be made by June 2015 at the latest.

Denmark, a NATO member, currently has 30 F-16s in operation.