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The ROYAL DANISH AIR FORCE (Danish : Flyvevåbnet, lit. 'Flying weapon') (RDAF) is the aerial warfare force of Denmark
Denmark
and one of the four branches of the Danish Defence
Danish Defence
. Initially being components of the Army and the Navy, it was made a separate service in 1950. It main purpose is to serve as enforcer of Danish airspace and to provide air support to Danish group troops on the battlefield.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 1950s * 1.2 1960s * 1.3 1970s * 1.4 1980s * 1.5 1990s * 1.6 2000s * 1.7 2010s

* 2 Organisation * 3 Operations

* 4 Aircraft

* 4.1 Current inventory

* 5 Ranks * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 Bibliography * 9 External links

HISTORY

RDAF Supermarine Spitfire - Stauning Aircraft Museum RDAF TF-100F Super Sabre survivor, 2006 Danish Air Force
Danish Air Force
AW101 hoisting from water T-17 Supporter at RIAT 2010

The Royal Danish Air Force
Danish Air Force
(RDAF) was formed as a military service independent from the army and navy in 1950 from the merger of the Danish Army Air Corps (Danish : Hærens Flyvertropper) founded on 2 July 1912 and the Danish Naval Air Service (Danish : Marinens Flyvevæsen) which had been founded on 14 December 1911. All military aviation had been prohibited during the Nazi occupation from 1940 to 1945 and so as of V-E Day the Danish armed forces had no aircraft, but the Luftwaffe had built or expanded air bases in Denmark.

The air force was led by Lieutenant General C.C.J. Førslev, who had previously served as colonel in the army and as first commander of the Danish Army Air Corps. The national command was located at Værløse Air Base which also served as Command East, while Command West was located at Karup in central Jutland. Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
volunteer and former member of the Free Norwegian Forces in England, Kaj Birksted, was appointed chief of the flying staff. The rivalries and mutual disrespect between the established officer Førslev, who had never been in air combat himself, and the experienced fighter ace Birksted led to a series of misunderstandings which delayed the operationalization of the air force. Further, the East and West commands lacked experience and knowledge of the newly delivered Gloster Meteor and F-84 Thunderjet aircraft.

The Danish armed forces received 38 surplus Supermarine Spitfire H. F. Mk. IXE and 3 P.R.Mk. XI in 1947-48 plus four additional airframes for ground instruction, which were operated by units of the Hærens Flyvertropper and Marinens Flyvevæsen prior to their merger, and by the Royal Danish Air Force
Danish Air Force
until 1956, when the last examples were retired and all but two scrapped.

One survived for a number of years in a children's playground. The one surviving instructional airframe was later restored to depict the number '401' Spitfire Mk. IX. This airplane is now preserved at Dansk Veteranflysamling at Stauning Airfield in Jylland .

Pilot training was initially based at Avnø from May 1946 until 1951, when the school were transferred to the U.S. under the "Military Assistance Programme". The school at Avnø continued to conduct tests to choose the candidates for the American training programme. In 1947 the RDAF established a school for aircraft mechanics, based at Værløse Air Base. In 1951, the RDAF officers school was inaugurated at Rungstedlund north of Copenhagen, while airmen were educated at Værløse.

1950S

The air force received six F-84E Thunderjet and 238 F-84G Thunderjet as military aid from the US, and formed five new squadrons (726 to 730) at Karup Air Base from 1952 to 1954. The rapid expansion caused problems as neither two-seaters nor flight simulators were available, causing 89 crashed F-84's and 40 pilot casualties. Some casualties were due to the lack of experience in the newly formed air force while others stemmed from the tactics introduced by American WWII and Korean War -veterans based on fast and low flying attacks to avoid anti-aircraft fire.

To avoid further casualties the air force established a training squadron of two-seated T-33As in 1956 to train US-educated pilots to navigate under local weather conditions. Furthermore, squadron 722 was changed to function as rescue squadron in 1956 and was strengthened by seven Sikorsky S-55 helicopters in 1957. Finally, Air Chief Marshal Hugh Saunders from Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
was employed in 1954 to reorganize the air force which led to the merger of Command East and West, forming Flyvertaktisk Kommando (Air Tactical Command) with the initial mission to lower the number of crashes during training.

1960S

In 1962 the Royal Danish Army's four SAM batteries based on Nike missiles were transferred to the air force. They were to defend Copenhagen against Soviet ballistic missiles and high altitude bombers and based as squadron 531 in Gunderød , squadron 532 at Kongelunden on Amager
Amager
, squadron 533 in Sigerslev and squadron 534 in Tune . In 1965 four batteries of Hawk missiles were deployed close to the Nike batteries to protect them from low altitude aircraft.

1970S

Lockheed F-104G Starfighter of 726 ESK in 1971.

In the 1960s and 1970s the RDAF operated a number of US financed Lockheed F-104G Starfighters , North American F-100D and F-100F Super Sabres , and several other types. In 1971 the Danish army created the Royal Danish Army Flying Service as the first air-unit outside the air force, since its creation in 1950. It had observation helicopters and piston-engined artillery spotting aeroplanes. In 1977 the Danish Naval Air Squadron was extracted from squadron 722 to the Danish navy, and it had ship-based helicopters. In a joint arms purchase four NATO countries: Denmark
Denmark
, Norway
Norway
, Netherlands
Netherlands
, and Belgium
Belgium
introduced the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon as their common strike fighter in January 1980. The F-16 was later bought by additional NATO countries, Greece
Greece
and Turkey
Turkey
, and the United States
United States
of America , also a NATO
NATO
member operates the F-16.

1980S

In 1982 the number of fighter aircraft was reduced by 12 units. General Dynamics F-16 is introduced to replace initially the F-100 and later the F-104G. The Royal Danish Naval Air Service is strengthened by eight Westland Lynx Mk. 80 from 1980, replacing the Alouette III helicopters. As a supplement to the Greenland-based C-130's the air force purchases three Gulfstream G-III.

1990S

In 1990 the Danish Army Air Corps purchases 12 Eurocopter Fennec lightweight attack helicopters to strengthen capabilities to perform expeditionary mission. The helicopters were transferred to RDAF in 2003.

In 1992 during the Yugoslavian civil wars, the RDAF C-130 Hercules aircraft were used for transport of the 900 Danish troops participating in the UN-led mission to the Balkans. In 1996, a C-130 joined the NATO
NATO
On-Call International Airlift Pool along with a Gulfstream aircraft. The Gulfstreams were replaced by Challenger planes the following year, when the Danish government ordered the three Challengers in current use.

In 1999, following the end of the Cold War
Cold War
, the Danish air force was re-organised to be an "expeditionary" air force, capable of supporting international operations worldwide - but at the same time still being able to uphold its domestic air and seaward defence commitments. The same year, an expeditionary force of 9 F-16s to join the Operation Allied Force is approved in parliament.

2000S

In 2002, Denmark
Denmark
joined the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Team , and eventually up to 48 F-35s could be bought to replace the F-16s.

In October 2002, a tri-national detachment of 18 Danish, Dutch , and Norwegian F-16 fighter-bombers, with one Dutch KC-10
KC-10
tanker , flew to the Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan
, in support of the NATO
NATO
ground forces in Afghanistan
Afghanistan
as part of the Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom
.

In 2004, the older C-130H Hercules fleet of three transport aircraft (bought by the government in 1973) was replaced by three of the more-advanced and stretched C-130J transport aircraft. A fourth C-130J joined in 2007.

In 2005, a modification program (Mid Life Update) was completed on the remaining F-16 aircraft. The modification programme, started in 1995, introduced a new mission computer, colour multifunction displays, and other avionic improvements. Despite the modifications and improvements, the Danish air force is considering the replacement of 30 F-16s with a more advanced fighter. Contenders include the two-seated Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet , the Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighter and the Eurofighter Typhoon . The decision of the selected type will be announced before the end of June 2015* Update, the RADF have selacted the F-35 and 27 units are to be procured.. Bombardier Challenger CL-604 at RIAT 2010

In 2003, 16 H-500 Cayuse and 13 Eurocopter AS550C2 Fennec from the Army Air Corps and eight Westland Lynx Mk. 90B from the Naval Air Squadron were supposed to be transferred to the air force. The 16 Cayuse and 13 Fennec helicopters were transferred to the newly re-formed Danish Squadron 724 . The eight Lynx helicopters were supposed to enter another re-formed squadron, Squadron 728, but for political reasons those helicopters remained with the Navy. This change of "ownership" of the naval helicopters became effective on 1 January 2011 when the naval helicopters joined the newly formed Squadron 723. The Danish Defence
Danish Defence
Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO), short listed five helicopters as potential replacements for the Lynx with around 12 new naval helicopters needed. The Sikorsky/Lockheed MH-60R, the NH90/NFH, H-92, AW159 and AW101 were on the short list and a Request For Proposal was issued on 30 September 2010. Ultimately the air force decided to buy nine Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk helicopters.

In 2005, the 16 Cayuses were decommissioned, and also one of the Fennecs. The remaining 12 Fennecs took over many of the tasks from the Cayuses, including support-functions of the Danish police .

In 2006, the air force signed a letter of intent to purchase several of the Boeing Integrated Defense C-17 Globemaster III
C-17 Globemaster III
. That order needs to be confirmed, but it is to be made on the basis of the formation of a shared NATO
NATO
C-17 air fleet to support international deployments. Denmark
Denmark
has later withdrawn from this arrangement but it is in existence today. See NATO
NATO
Strategic Airlift Capability . The United States
United States
and the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
have already bought numerous C-17s, and several other NATO
NATO
countries are considering doing so, too. In June 2007, Denmark's six EH101 transport helicopters were transferred to the British Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
to meet an urgent British requirement for additional transport helicopters. In 2009 six replacement AW101 were delivered to the RDAF from AgustaWestland Yeowil and paid for by the UK.

2010S

In June 2010 the Sikorsky S-61 SAR helicopter was withdrawn.

In 2014, RDAF flew F-16 fighter jets in Greenland
Greenland
for the first time, testing the operational capabilities of maintaining sovereignty of the vast arctic airspace.

In 2005 the RDAF requested information about the possible procurement of a replacement for the F-16 fighter aircraft from the producers of the Gripen
Gripen
, Rafale
Rafale
, Eurofighter
Eurofighter
and Joint Strike Fighter, to which the RDAF has been a partner since 1997. Due to this fact Rafale-producer, Dassault Aviation, decided not to participate in the information round as they considered it to be biased towards the JSF option. This also led to the withdrawal of the Eurofighter
Eurofighter
in 2007, reentering in 2012. Meanwhile, the Boeing F-18 Super Hornet entered the competition in 2008. After several delays, a request for binding information was sent to the four candidates in April 2014 expecting a final decision in mid-2015. On 9 June 2016, the Danish Defence Committee agreed to purchase 27 F-35As to succeed the F-16. The price tag is 3 billion USD.

ORGANISATION

Air Transport Wing Aalborg Air Force Staff + Helicopter Wing Karup Fighter Wing Skrydstrup Royal Danish Air Force Officers School Danish Air Force
Danish Air Force
bases Station Nord is beyond the map

All Danish military aircraft have since the early sixties been registered with a pennant letter and the last three digits from the factory serial number.

* AIR TRANSPORT WING AALBORG based at Air Base Aalborg .

* Eskadrille 721 (721st squadron ).

* 4 Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules pennant letter B * 4 Canadair CL-604 Challenger pennant letter C

* HELICOPTER WING KARUP based at Air Base Karup

* Eskadrille 722 (helicopters are staged around Denmark
Denmark
for Search and Rescue duties)

* 13 AgustaWestland AW101 pennant letter M

* Eskadrille 723

* 7 Westland Lynx Mk90B pennant letter S

* Eskadrille 724

* 8 Eurocopter AS550C2 Fennec pennant letter P

* FIGHTER WING SKRYDSTRUP based at Air Base Skrydstrup .

* Eskadrille 727 and Eskadrille 730 :

* Each squadron: 15 General Dynamics F-16AM and F-16BM pennant letters E and ET\'

* FLYVESKOLEN (Flying School) based at Air Base Karup

* 27 SAAB-MFI T-17 pennant letter T

* AIR CONTROL WING

* Control and Reporting Centre Karup (CRC Karup) based at Air Base Karup * Mobile Air Control Centre (MACC) based at Air Base Karup

* COMBAT SUPPORT WING

* Wing staff * Eskadrille 615 (combat communications) * Eskadrille 660 (force protection) * Eskadrille 680 (combat service support) * Eskadrille 690 (medic)

Outside the wing structure is the school structure with the Royal Danish Air Force
Danish Air Force
Officers School in Jonstruplejren near Værløse and the Royal Danish Air Force
Danish Air Force
Specialist School at Karup AB.

OPERATIONS

RDAF F-100 Super Sabre patch

* From 1960 to 1964 RDAF S-55 helicopters flew missions for UNOC in the Congolese civil war . * In 1999 9 F-16 fighters flew sorties over Kosovo
Kosovo
from Grazzanise AB, Italy
Italy
as part of Operation Allied Force . * In 2002 and 2003 6 F-16 fighter bombers flew 743 sorties against Taliban
Taliban
and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan
Afghanistan
from Ganci AB , Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan
during Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom
. * From July to October 2004, 4 F-16 fighters in Šiauliai , Lithuania
Lithuania
, was Denmark's contribution to NATO's Operation Baltic Air Policing . The air policing mission was also undertaken by Danish F-16s in 2009, 2011 and 2013 * In 2005 three AS550C2 Fennec helicopters were deployed to Iraq for two months to assist the Danish ground forces during the first free elections in the country. In 2007 four Fennecs again deployed to Iraq, this time mainly to provide airborne reconnaissance for convoys on the ground around Basra
Basra
. The helicopters completed 354 missions before returning home in December 2007. * 4 AS550C2 Fennec helicopters belonging to the 724th Squadron of the Helicopter Wing were deployed to Afghanistan
Afghanistan
on 11 June 2008. These helicopters were based at Camp Bastion
Camp Bastion
, northwest of Lashkar Gar , the capital of Helmand province , and were assigned to provide high altitude observation for Danish ground forces, as well as light transport. * From 19 March 2011, 6 F-16 aircraft from Fighter Wing Skrydstrup were deployed to Naval Air Station Sigonella on Sicily to assist in maintaining the no-fly zone over Libya
Libya
as part of the 2011 coalition intervention in Libya
Libya
. * From 11 July 2014, 3 EH-101 Merlin helicopters were deployed to Afghanistan. One suffered extensive damage when it rolled over during landing on 11 October 2014. No casualties. * From 5 October 2014, seven F-16AM from Eskadrille 727 and 730 from Skrydstrup Airbase ( Fighter Wing Skrydstrup ) and 140 Danish personnel – ground crew and pilots – based at Ahmed Al Jaber Air Base in Kuwait to fight the Islamic State forces (ISIS / ISIL) as part of Operation Inherent Resolve .

AIRCRAFT

CURRENT INVENTORY

A RDAF F-16AM lands at RIAT 2014 An AW101 heading down the taxi way at Groningen Airport

AIRCRAFT ORIGIN TYPE VARIANT IN SERVICE NOTES

COMBAT AIRCRAFT

F-16 Fighting Falcon United States
United States
fighter F-16A 33

MARITIME PATROL

Challenger 604 Canada
Canada
surveillance / maritime patrol CL-604 3

TRANSPORT

C-130J Super Hercules United States
United States
tactical airlifter C-130J-30 4

HELICOPTERS

AW101 United Kingdom
United Kingdom
/ Italy
Italy
transport / SAR Mk.512 13

Eurocopter Fennec France
France
utility AS550C2 12

Westland Lynx United Kingdom
United Kingdom
ASW / SAR Mk.90B 6

SH-60 Seahawk United States
United States
ASW / SAR MH-60R 3 6 on order

TRAINER AIRCRAFT

F-16 Fighting Falcon United States
United States
conversion trainer F-16B 10

Between 1980 and 1983 SABCA in Belgium
Belgium
built 46x F-16A and 12x F-16B for the Royal Danish Air Force. Beginning in 1987 Fokker
Fokker
in the Netherlands
Netherlands
built a further 8x F-16A and 4x F-16B for the Royal Danish Air Force. In 1994 the Air Force received 3x F-16A and in 1997 a further 3x F-16A and 1x F-16B from surplus USAF
USAF
stocks. In total the Royal Danish Air Force
Danish Air Force
received 60x F-16A and 17x F-16B.

RDAF received its first Sikorsky MH-60R in June 2016.

RANKS

The officer ranks were taken from the Danish army and the insignias were copied from the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
with minor differences and are as follows:

NATO
NATO
CODE OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) STUDENT OFFICER

Denmark
Denmark
(Edit ) NO EQUIVALENT

NO EQUIVALENT

General Generalløjtnant Generalmajor Brigadegeneral Oberst Oberstløjtnant Major Kaptajn Premierløjtnant Løjtnant Sekondløjtnant

The other rank insignia are as follows:

NATO
NATO
CODE OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

DENMARK (Edit )

NO EQUIVALENT

Chefsergent Seniorsergent Oversergent Sergent Værenepligtig Sergent Korporal Flyverspecialist Flyveroverkonstabel Flyverkonstabel

SEE ALSO

Wikimedia Commons has media related to AIR FORCE OF DENMARK .

* Denmark
Denmark
portal * Greenland
Greenland
portal * Faroe Islands portal

* Danish Defence
Danish Defence
* List of Lockheed F-104 Starfighter operators * Military of Greenland
Greenland
* NATO
NATO
* Royal Danish Army * Royal Danish Navy * Scandinavian defence union
Scandinavian defence union

REFERENCES

* ^ The Danish Defence
Danish Defence
Agreement 2005 - 2009 - Air Force, retrieved 25 June 2008 * ^ A B C D E F G H Danish Defence: Arms and equipment of the air force * ^ organizational chart * ^ "Organisation". Retrieved 24 December 2014. * ^ Jensen, Kenneth Skov (31 May 2016). "Chief Master Sergeant of the Royal Danish Air Force
Danish Air Force
Started Work". Centralforeningen for Stampersonel (in Danish). Retrieved 28 February 2017. * ^ "The Danish Defence
Danish Defence
Agreement 2013-2017" * ^ "About the RDAF". Forsvaret.dk (in Danish). Danish Defence. 19 January 2017. Retrieved 28 February 2017. * ^ "Flyvevåbnets Historie: Hærens Flyverstyrker 1912 - 1943" (in Danish). Retrieved 2008-12-27. * ^ "Flyvevåbnets Historie: Marinens Flyvevæsen 1911-1940" (in Danish). Retrieved 2008-12-27. * ^ FTK - Flyvertaktisk Kommando * ^ FTK - Flyvertaktisk Kommando * ^ Danmarks Flymuseum, Stauning Lufthavn * ^ http://www.flyhis.dk/Helmo%202.pdf * ^ http://forsvaret.dk/FTK/omflyvev%C3%A5bnet/Flyvev%C3%A5bnets%20historie/Documents/flv-historie.pdf * ^ The Selection of a New Fighter Starts Again 13 March 2013 * ^ "Informationsanmodning udsendt til kampflykandidater". Retrieved 24 December 2014. * ^ Defense News: Arrival of Danish Merlin helicopters increases UK fleet, retrieved 2011-04-10. * ^ Osborne, Tony. " Denmark
Denmark
Looks To Boost Greenland
Greenland
Defenses" Aviation Week & Space Technology , 29 September 2014. Accessed: 3 October 2014. Video Archived on 3 October 2014 * ^ "Tidslinje". Retrieved 24 December 2014. * ^ http://cms.polsci.ku.dk/english/pdf/need_for_fighter_aircraft.pdf * ^ " Denmark
Denmark
F-35 Buy Goes Official". Defense News. 9 June 2016. * ^ "Danish Government OKs $3 Billion Purchase Of 27 F-35 Fighter Jets". Lockheed Martin. 9 June 2016. * ^ Air policing over the Baltics again (in Danish). * ^ Danish helicopters finished in Iraq (in Danish) * ^ Danish Fennecs Deploy to Afghanistan, Air Forces Monthly
Air Forces Monthly
, August 2008 issue, p. 14 * ^ AirForces Monthly . Stamford , Lincolnshire , England
England
: Key Publishing Ltd . October 2014. p. 33. * ^ "Danish helicopter rolled over in Afghanistan" Politiken , 12 October 2014. Accessed: 12 October 2014. * ^ "Helikopter Hold 1 er hjemme igen" RDAF, 30 October 2014. Accessed: 31 October 2014. * ^ A B C D E F G H "World Air Forces 2017". Flightglobal Insight. 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2017. * ^ "U.S. Navy delivers first MH-60R Seahawk helicopters to Danish Defense". Retrieved 17 June 2016.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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Fokker
D.21 (Collection Profils Avions 9) (in French). Outreau, France: Éditions Lela Presse, 2005. ISBN 2-914017-26-X . * Hall, Alan W. Hawker Hunter - Warpaint Series No 8. Bedfordshire, UK: Hall Park Books, 1997. ISSN 1363-0369. * Hansen, O.S.:Danskernes Fly, 2003, Aschehoug, ISBN 87-11-16282-1 * Kofoed, Hans. Danske Militaerfly Gennem 50 Ar 1912-62. Copenhagen: Flyv's Forlag, 1962. * Schrøder, Hans A. Det Danske Flyvevåben, Tøjhusmuseet, Denmark 1992. ISBN 87-89022-24-6 * Schrøder, Hans A. Historien om Flyvevåbnet, Komiteen til udgivelse af "Historien om Flyvevåbnet", 1990. ISBN 87-503-8509-7 .

EXTERNAL LINKS

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