Denmark will join Nato’s missile defense system

At least one Danish warship will be outfitted with a radar system that will contribute to Nato's joint missile defense shield project.

Denmark will join Nato's missile defense system
An Iver Huitfeldt class frigate. Photo: Łukasz Golowanow/ Commons
Denmark will join Nato’s missile defence system, the Foreign Affairs Committee (Udenrigspolitisk Nævn) decided on Thursday. 
Denmark will contribute at least one frigate to the defence system, according to Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard.
“We will offer that one or more of our frigates can be outfitted with a radar that can be part of the missile defence. There was wide support for that [in the Foreign Affairs Committee, ed],” he told Berlingske Nyhedsbureau. 
Although it was reported in July that Denmark plans to play a “significant” role in Nato’s response to Russian aggression in Ukraine, Defence Minister Nicolai Wammen said that joining the missile defence system was not a move aimed at Russia.
“That Denmark will join the missile defence system with radar capacity on one or more of our frigates is not an action that is targeted against Russia, but rather to protect us against rogues states, terrorist organisations and others that have the capacity to fire missiles at Europe and the US,” Wammen told Jyllands-Posten.
The participation in Nato’s missile defence system was decided in the same five-hour meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee in which Denmark agreed to transport weapons to northern Iraq
Denmark will send a Hercules C-130 aircraft carrier carrying humanitarian aid to those who have fled the forward march of the Islamic State, as well as deliver weapons and other military equipment to the Iraqi government and Kurdish forces in the area. Around 55 soldiers will accompany the mission. 

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Danish air force buys electric planes to cut emissions

The Danish air force will acquire two light electric planes, the defence ministry announced Thursday in what it said was a world first for a military force and part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

Danish air force buys electric planes to cut emissions
The Velis Electro is the only electric aircraft that has been certified or authorised to fly by the EU's Aviation Safety Agency. Photo: Pipistrel

The two Velis Electro propeller-driven planes made by the Slovenian company Pipistrel will supplement existing training aircraft.

“Everyone has a responsibility to contribute to climate chang, and this also applies to ​​defence,” Denmark’s defence minister, Trine Bramsen, said in a statement. “That is why we have decided to procure electric aircraft for our air force. The electric planes will be used for training, among other things. The experience will be important for future equipment acquisitions in the field of defence.”

The potential for electric aircraft will now be evaluated over a two-year period. 

The Velis Electro is the only electric aircraft that has been certified or authorised to fly by the EU’s Aviation Safety Agency, EASA.

The Danish defence ministry announced in May a plan to reduce its emissions, but that has so far consisted largely of equipping buildings and ships with LED light bulbs and encouraging biodiversity on military bases.

The two electric aircraft will similarly only make a symbolic dent in the 42 million litres of fuel the Danish military consumes each year, emitting some 90,000 tonnes of CO2.