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    Boeing Challenges Denmark for Buying F-35 Jet Instead of F-18 Super Hornet

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    Denmark’s defense ministry faces a legal challenge over a decision to buy the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft instead of Boeing’s F/A-18 Super-Hornet, the manufacturer said in a statement on Thursday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – According to the statement, “Boeing took the first step toward bringing a formal legal challenge of the [ministry’s] evaluation regarding the country’s next fighter jet.”

    Boeing said it had submitted a Request for Insight, which calls on the ministry to provide all materials related to its decision in June to procure 27 F-35s and the evaluation that preceded it.

    “As we said when the decision was announced, 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,” Boeing’s vice president for global strike programs, Debbie Rub, said in the statement.

    In May, the Danish ministry concluded in a report that the Super Hornet would have a service life of 6,000 flying hours, but Boeing disputes this, saying the aircraft would last 9,500 hours.

    The report also estimated the total cost of the Lockheed-made F-35 at 42.2 billion Danish crowns (about $6.4 billion), compared with 60.6 billion crowns for the Super Hornet.

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