UPDATE 2-Danish government to recommend Lockheed Martin F-35 jet -sources

Wed May 11, 2016 3:44pm EDT
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* Government to recommend Lockheed Martin F-35 jets -sources

* Denmark to buy at least 27 of the fighter jets -sources

* F-35 choice can be blocked by Danish parliament (Adds details, background)

By Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen and Tim Hepher

COPENHAGEN/PARIS, May 11 (Reuters) - Denmark's government will recommend the purchase of at least 27 F-35 stealth fighters built by U.S. weapons maker Lockheed Martin Corp, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

Denmark would be the 11th country to buy the radar-evading jets, joining the United States, Britain, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Israel, South Korea and Japan.

The selection by Denmark's minority Liberal government follows intense public debate about the cost of modernising the country's air force, but it can still be blocked by parliament, where opposition politicians are urging budget restraint.

Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen called a press briefing for Thursday at 0800 GMT on the issue, but the government declined further comment.

The recommendation, first reported by Denmark's TV2 News, will be followed by a public comment period of 30 days, said one of the people, who was not authorised to speak publicly. The final number of jets could shift during this period.   Continued...