Reuters International

The F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), planes arrive at Edwards Air Force Base in California in this May 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Tom Reynolds/Lockheed Martin Corp/Handout

(reuters_tickers)

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - The Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen said on Thursday that his government recommended purchasing 27 F-35 stealth fighters built by U.S. company Lockheed Martin Corp.

The government expects to spend about 20 billion Danish crowns (2.13 billion pounds) on the purchase, he said, paying about 740 million Danish crowns per plane.

Lockheed Martin is expected to deliver the 27 jets between 2021 to 2027, Rasmussen said at a news conference.

The government did not specify when the final decision would be made, but said enough time would be given for a thorough debate to answer any possible questions from the parties backing the minority government.

Reuters had reported on Wednesday that Denmark's government would recommend the purchase of at least 27 F-35 stealth fighters.

(Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen and Nikolaj Skydsgaard. Editing by Jane Merriman)

reuters_tickers

 Reuters International